One of the main points of this section that I will highlight is self-advocacy. It is vitally important to not be passive in this process, and the main way of being active is simply by COMMUNICATING. Talk with your attorney if you have one, talk to your caseworker, talk to the guardian for the children. The more involved you are in this process the harder it is to ignore you, and for your case to slip through the cracks.
This doesn’t mean to be angry or aggressive with these people, as that can definitely backfire, but making polite and frequent inquiries can go a LONG way. If you do feel yourself getting angry (sometimes this is intentionally incited by caseworkers to see how you react), try your best to stay calm, and if you can’t, find a way to politely exit the conversation. If you need to rant to someone, choose your attorney, as in that case the information remains confidential as opposed to being part of a CPS case file.
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