On what grounds can a child be taken away from its mother?
In California, a mother can lose custody of her child if she is an unfit parent. Serious neglect, violation of an existing custody order, child abuse, and emotional instability can be used as grounds to end a mother’s custody rights.
What makes a child get taken away?
The most common reasons parents lose custody includes abuse, neglect, domestic violence, drugs, and violating court orders. If a child has been abused or neglected by a parent, a court can order the child be taken away from their parent.
Common reasons social services would take a child into temporary or permanent care include:
- Emotional abuse.
- Physical abuse.
- Sexual abuse.
- Medical neglect.
- If the parents have been incarcerated.
- Serious illness or death of parents.
What causes a mother to lose custody?
A mother who is proven to have physically and or psychologically abused her children is highly likely to lose custody of her children. Examples of physical abuse include hitting, kicking, scratching, biting, burning, physical torture, sexual abuse, or any other type of injury inflicted on the child by the mother.
What is considered an unfit home for a child?
The legal definition of an unfit parent is when the parent through their conduct fails to provide proper guidance, care, or support. Also, if there is abuse, neglect, or substance abuse issues, that parent will be deemed unfit.
What is an unfit mother?
An unfit parent is one who is incapable of providing a nurturing, safe, and appropriate environment for their child when that inability puts the child at serious risk of harm.
Social services will usually only take a child away from their parents if they believe that the child is at risk of harm or neglect in their current circumstances. They are obliged to investigate any complaints or concerns reported to them.
What does CPS look for when placing a child?
CPS will look for any hazards that could result in a child’s burn injuries, including electrical equipment, chemicals, and thermal contact. Fire hazards. Make sure that flammable items are far away from open flame in the house. A CPS investigator may also ask you if your house is equipped with smoke alarms.
Social services will only take a baby into care if they believe you, or your partner if you have one, cannot look after them safely (because of a mental health problem or for any other reason).
The main job of Social Services is to make sure that children are safe and that the standard of care which they receive is good enough (you won’t have to be perfect). Most cases do not end up in Court.