What is Child Protection Services?
While many divorces are completed without outside intervention, in some cases, Child Protection Services may end up being involved. This can happen if someone makes a report during the course of the divorce or if one of the parents makes accusations of abuse against the other. It’s normal to be stressed and even scared if this happens, but understanding what Child Protection Services does can help alleviate some of this concern.
As the name would suggest, Child Protection Services is tasked with ensuring that minor children are protected from any threats against their physical safety. In the event that there are abuse allegations against one of the parents, another relative or care provider, Child Protection Services has social workers who work to investigate the veracity of these claims and decide if action needs to be taken.
If the social worker does determine that the child is in danger, possible courses of action include removing the child from the home, supervising the child’s care and/or offering the family support services. In cases where the child is removed from the home, the child may be able to live with a relative if the court determines the person is a responsible and safe caregiver.
While working through a divorce via a collaborative process is usually ideal, this isn’t possible for some couples. It’s common for parents to attempt to hurt the other by making false accusations of child abuse or other mistreatment. If this is happening or you believe your ex may attempt this, it’s important to talk with your lawyer about this possibility and what is likely to happen as soon as possible.
Source: Ministry of Children and Family Development, “Protecting Children,” accessed Aug. 20, 2015