Huffing and Puffing: Social Workers and Police May Not Say, “Let Us in the House, or We Are Taking Your Children.”

Brick Cottage

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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