CPS Visitation Rules in Pennsylvania
Posted on January 12th, 2021 in Family Law
Knowing your rights if your family becomes involved in a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation is critical–especially when your child is removed from the home. While your child will first be placed with a family member or a foster family within their school district to cause as minimal disruptions in the child’s life as possible, you may wonder what rules exist when it comes to your right to visitation.
Can I see my child if they’ve been removed from the home?
If your child is removed from the home and is placed with a family member, friend, or in foster care, you still have a right to see and speak with your child, unless a judge has been presented evidence that doing so would not be in the child’s best interest.
Typically, you will be permitted at least one scheduled visit per week. However, these may require supervision–this may be the individual caring for your child or a CPS caseworker.
Should your child be placed in a home where you are unable to physically visit with him or her, you are entitled to regular phone calls.
My child was removed from my care–What rights do I have?
If during the initial CPS investigation it is found that your child is at risk for immediate danger–such as abuse, neglect, or some cases of drug and alcohol use–the court may determine that the child be removed.
In cases where there is no immediate danger but the foreseeable potential for danger in the near future, the child may also be removed.
Unless your behaviors are considered to be harmful to the child, you will still have a right to visitation.
Remember, visitation rights are specific to each case–this is why you need a trusted family law attorney who can guide you through the CPS investigation and visitation process.
The removal of your child from the home is not a final decision–you have the right to appeal. But we know how difficult these decisions can be, and you may fear you’ll say or do the wrong thing. That’s why you need Kalinoski Law Offices for your CPS visitation and custody concerns.
Visitation and CPS: Kalinoski Law Offices
At Kalinoski Law Offices P.C., we will work with you during the CPS investigation to see how we can make the outcome more favorable for you, and safe for your child. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.