Are you here looking for legal representation? This site doesn’t give referrals but you can leave a message here to see if a lawyer might want to contact you.
If you leave your contact information in a comment on this page, a lawyer might contact you but there’s no guarantee. If you’re contacted by anyone, please be careful to check the person’s true identity. You are responsible to verify that the person is in fact, an attorney capable of helping you in court.
There are no lawyers working for this website and I cannot give referrals. FightCPS isn’t an organization – it is just a website run by one person.
If you’re already involved in a CPS case you may already have a court appointed attorney. We all know that these attorneys are often ineffective and not well-motivated to truly provide an aggressive defense for parents involved in CPS cases. However, if you’re a low-income parent and can’t afford to hire an attorney on your own, you will have to learn to manage with the attorney the court gave you. You might want to write a letter to your attorney explaining what you need and expect.
DO – Create your own “FightCPS Strategy” for working on your CPS case.
DON’T – Expect an attorney to do all the work for you.
DO – Read this site and others like it to get ideas that you believe might work for you.
DON’T – Use your last name on this website. Guard your privacy!
DO – Write your own legal documents such as a Declaration of Facts and/or a statement of Objections and Corrections to the Report of the Social Worker.
DON’T – Ever miss a visitation opportunity with your kids. Missed visitations or drug tests will probably be held against you in court.
DO – Watch this video: collect documentary evidence
DON’T – Give up. This year is your ONE CHANCE to get your kids back from CPS. Give it your all.
DO – Maintain a notebook to keep a record of everything that happens in your case.
Who is qualified to give legal advice?
Only an attorney licensed in your state is qualified to provide legal advice and help to you.
Most of the people you’ll meet on this site or on Facebook or other online groups are NOT attorneys and are NOT qualified to give legal advice. You might get good ideas and suggestions from other parents, but be aware that the best source of information is a local attorney who has all the details about your case.
If you’re looking for a PRO-BONO attorney, one that will work for free, don’t be surprised if that person is nearly impossible to find. I don’t know of any attorneys who want to work for free. They like to be paid for their services. However, you can try these websites: Justice Denied :: ABA Directory of Pro-Bono Programs :: Bet Tzedek
I don’t give referrals because I don’t know any attorneys well enough to confidently recommend them. If you want to leave a message here, hoping that an attorney will see your message and contact you, you’ll have to leave either a phone number or email address in the body of the message.
Do NOT write out your entire case history. Less is better. Most busy attorneys don’t want to read long messages. Keep it as short as possible
Do NOT use your last name. If your first name is unusual, don’t use that either. Social workers use internet search engines to try to find more information about their victims, so be careful about what you say and where you say it.
If you leave your phone number in the message, please disguise it by writing some numbers as letters, like this: 426-3two9-55five5.
Email addresses should be written out like this: yourname[at]email.com – this should keep spammers from collecting your email for nefarious purposes.
If someone contacts you, BE CAREFUL and BE DISCERNING. There are some people who are not attorneys who have called people whose phone numbers were found on this site. Some claim to be “advocates” or “paralegals” or … well, I don’t know what they’ll come up with next. Please be aware that if someone is asking for money for a service, and you can’t verify on the web that the person is an attorney, you might not want to do business with that person. A paralegal cannot replace an attorney. I don’t work with any of these people. FightCPS doesn’t ask for money, and if someone claims to be from this site and asks for money, you KNOW that person is not to be trusted. See: FightCPS does not endorse or work with Bellas Law or other paralegal organizations or businesses.
One more thing – there is no way I can guarantee that someone will contact you. Sorry! Some lawyers do scan the page to see if there’s someone in their area needing help, but I don’t know if you’ll get a call or email. Keep looking for a lawyer locally – and consider looking in nearby counties. Sometimes an out-of-county lawyer is better because he/she will be less likely to care about remaining “friends” with local judges and social workers.
Please read before posting:
Also, read about what the ABA is trying to get CPS attorneys to do for you:
National Project to Improve Representation for Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System.