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Understanding CPS involvement in drug-related family cases

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Drug-related Charges

When the police get involved because of a drug-related problem, it can potentially be the beginning of other legal processes. This includes involving Child Protective Services (CPS).

If you’re in Indiana dealing with this situation, it’s important to know when and how CPS might join in.

When does CPS intervene?

The courts may ask CPS to intervene for any of the following reasons:

  • Risk to children: If law enforcement believes a child is at risk due to a drug-related offense, they must report the situation to CPS.
  • Arrest of a parent or guardian: When law enforcement arrests a parent or guardian for a drug-related offense, CPS may investigate the safety and well-being of any children under their care.
  • Living conditions: CPS may intervene if they deem the living conditions of the household unsafe or unsuitable for children due to drug-related activities.
  • Exposure to drug activity: If children are found to be directly exposed to drug manufacturing or trafficking activities, CPS will likely intervene to ensure their safety.

What happens next?

Once involved, Child Protective Services typically investigates to determine the level of risk to the children involved. This investigation may include interviews with family members, home visits, and assessments of the household environment. 

Depending on what they discover, CPS might do different things. They could help the family with support services, such as trainings or parenting classes, or take the children out of the home if it’s not safe for them.

Families encountering CPS investigations due to drug-related issues must prioritize their children’s safety and well-being. By proactively addressing potential risks and securing appropriate support, they can effectively manage the situation and work towards a positive resolution.