What happens now that I've been reported to CPS?
January 21, 2010 10:57 AM Subscribe
I was reported to CPS. The case was closed, but now what?
Due to a misunderstanding and "mandated reporting," my child's teacher reported me to CPS. The investigator talked to my child at school and then called me. After talking to me she immediately closed the case and said it shouldn't have gotten that far. I'll be getting official paperwork from the investigator, including a letter I have to sign (she stressed this), but it could be weeks as this is a low priority.
I've written to the teacher to thank them for looking after my child and saying I understand she had to do it; she wrote back saying she knows I'm a good mother and wouldn't hurt my child. I'm not mad, not looking for revenge, and think this actually was a sign that the system worked. I just want to know what kind of a record I'll have and what it means.
What are the implications of having had a CPS case opened? I know my name will stay in their files in case they get called again, but who else will know? For how many years? I do volunteer work with children that requires me to have criminal checks -- will it show up then? What is this letter I'll have to sign?
I'm in Washington state. I'm happily married to my child's father, and have never had any encounters with the law. I've tried to look up information about CPS on-line but am having problems finding information in all the ranting.