Often, social workers tell parents that their children will be taken if they do not cooperate with a social work investigation. In most cases these threats are empty overstatements of a social worker’s actual authority. In Arizona, an assistant attorney general, two social workers, a sheriff, and four sheriff’s deputies are in federal court to answer for their part in allegedly using threats of intimidation to gain entrance into a family’s home to conduct an unlawful search and seizure. In that case, a federal judge has ruled that huffing and puffing does not blow away Constitutional rights.
[T]he court ruled that social workers, accompanied by Maricopa County deputy sheriffs, made unsupported threats to place a family’s children in custody and arrest the parents if they were not allowed to make what ended up being an allegedly illegal search of the family’s home.
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