IAMA Child Protective Services (CPS) Social Worker. People always have lots of questions about my job, so if you're interested... AMA!
Last Edit (4): Time for bed, long day of answering questions! I never imagined it would get this amount of attention. I will continue to try and get to some tomorrow as well. I hope this helped shed light on CPS and what we try to do. I hope for the best for all of you, from the parents, to former kids in our system, to workers, and concerned citizens. Never stop working towards what you feel is right! Thanks!!
Edit 3: Thank you for all your questions and response. I'm overwhelmed by the stories, both good and bad, that people have to share. I will keep trying to answer as many questions as I can, and I apologize if I don't get to yours. Obviously there are a lot of feelings and stories around this topic, and I'm glad people had a place to share them.
EDIT2: I've been answering as many questions as I can these last four hours. I have to go for awhile, but will try to answer as many more as I can tonight! Thank you all for your passion, stories, and questions. I apologize for the negative experiences you may have had with CPS systems in your area, and applaud the good experiences. Both sides of the story are important, and should continue to be shared! Thanks!
Edit: I should also mention that I love my job, and couldn't imagine doing anything else!I feel that there are a lot of misconceptions about the work, and would LOVE to make this crazy (often confusing and not very transparent) system a little more understandable!
Original Post: Here is my [badge for proof!]I have been working in the field for about 2 years now. I will not answer questions that break confidentiality of my clients however, to protect their privacy. Thanks for understanding! Other than that, AMA!