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Member Story: Hospital mistake leads to failed drug test

Member Story: Hospital mistake leads to failed drug test

Terry and Maria Ward* planned to have their baby at a birthing center with a midwife. But when complications during labor arose, they transferred to the hospital for a c-section. After a successful delivery, a social worker on staff at the hospital visited the Wards in their room with some concerns. She informed them that […]

Can a child obtain medical treatment without parental consent?

Can a child obtain medical treatment without parental consent?

More and more, doctors are asking parents of children or teens to leave the room so the doctor can speak privately with the child. While the parent or the child can insist that the parent stays, being asked to step out raises a question in the mind of most parents: “Can my child even legally […]

Member Story: Only hours after birth, CPS is at the door.

Member Story: Only hours after birth, CPS is at the door.

When Mrs. Richland* went into labor, she and her husband headed for the hospital, leaving their other children at home in the care of the oldest sibling, who was 17. After a smooth delivery and hospital stay, Mr. and Mrs. Richland got back home exhausted and ready to settle in with their family and new […]

Member Story: Teenage friend reports family to CPS

Member Story: Teenage friend reports family to CPS

When James and Linda Roberts’* teenage daughter Emily started staying up late into the night on the internet, they decided to set up time restrictions.  Emily became upset at her parents. She then expressed her frustration to her teenage friend, who decided to report the Roberts to child protective services. James and Linda were shocked […]

They missed one check-up. CPS took their son.

They missed one check-up. CPS took their son.

When their 10 month old son, Cyrus, became ill and continued vomiting, Levi and Marissa Anderson took him to St. Luke’s Pediatric Center in Boise, Idado. After one week in the hospital undergoing numerous exams and tests, Cyrus was released with a clean bill of health.  Marissa and Levi continued to take Cyrus to the […]

Member Story: Teenage daughter calls CPS on parents

Member Story: Teenage daughter calls CPS on parents

When their biological children had grown up and moved out of the home, Michael and Lisa Proctor* felt a call to rescue older foster children through adoption. They ended up adopting six older children out of CPS foster care, including a 7-year-old girl, Abigail, who had been labeled “unadoptable” by CPS because of her behavioral […]

Reported to CPS for ministering at an abortion clinic

Reported to CPS for ministering at an abortion clinic

The Richland* family was shocked when CPS pounded on their front door and informed them that a report had been made against them. The accusation: child neglect. As an Emergency Room physician, Dr. Richland stays extremely busy. However, he and his family still make the time to minister outside of abortion clinics every chance that […]

What Does a CPS Home Visit Look Like?

What Does a CPS Home Visit Look Like?

What happens if you have an investigation by child protective services (CPS) and you do not have an attorney? Among other things, in most CPS investigations, the investigator is required by protocol to conduct a “home visit.” This is especially the case when the allegations involve younger children or the condition of the home. During […]

Member Story: It was a normal afternoon. Then, CPS knocked on the door.

Member Story: It was a normal afternoon. Then, CPS knocked on the door.

It was a normal Monday afternoon when Mrs. Pinkston* heard a knock on the door. It was a child protective services (CPS) investigative social worker. Then Mrs. Pinkston opened the door, the social worker immediately informed her that a report had been made against her to child protective services.  The social worker was extremely confrontational […]

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