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When it comes to the safety and well-being of a child, there are few topics as crucial as knowing when and how to involve Child Protective Services (CPS). It’s a subject that can be uncomfortable to discuss, but it’s essential for protecting a child in potentially harmful situations. Today, we share a little guide on when to call CPS and what steps to take when making that call.

When to Call CPS:

CPS is not an entity to be called lightly. It’s reserved for situations where a child is in danger, harm, or experiencing a difficult circumstance that requires intervention. One common scenario where CPS might be necessary is when a parent is struggling with addiction, whether it be drugs or alcohol. If a parent is under the influence while responsible for caring for their children, leaving them unmonitored or in unsafe conditions, CPS intervention may be necessary.

If you find yourself in a situation where you suspect or know that your child is at risk due to the actions of a spouse or caregiver, it’s imperative to call CPS. Failure to do so not only puts your child at further risk but can also be seen as negligence for not protecting them.

What to Do When You Call CPS:

When reaching out to CPS out of concern for your safety and your child’s safety, it’s essential to ask for a safety plan. A safety plan outlines measures that can be taken to ensure the well-being of you and your child, often involving legal and protective actions. Having this plan in place is crucial, as it can lead to changes enforced by the courts to protect your family from further harm.

Without a safety plan issued by CPS, the courts may be less inclined to change custody or visitation arrangements as currently ordered. Therefore, advocating for a safety plan is paramount when dealing with CPS involvement.

Moving Forward with JWB Family Law:

At JWB Family Law, we understand the gravity of involving CPS in family matters. We hope you never find yourself in a situation where CPS intervention is necessary. However, if you do, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Our team is dedicated to helping families navigate difficult circumstances and ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, especially children. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need guidance or legal support regarding CPS involvement or any family law matter. You can book a free consultation with JWB Family Law by calling (619) 234-6123 or visiting our website at

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