Nope, that is not true. A social worker comes to your home after an investigation begins from either the child or someone else reporting the family to the Department of Children and Families. Usually, a social worker sets up an appointment with the family, where the child has to be brought in to be interviewed (this is usually a group with the social worker, a medical doctor, and a police officer), and parents have to wait outside the room. The social worker will also come and visit the home where the child resides, and if the social worker does not agree with the environment that the child is in/does not feel that they are safe, they can take the child with them into protective custody. The child would then be sheltered with another family member, or would stay in state care until the court date, which is usually within the week. You would be assigned a lawyer from the state to represent you, and a judge would determine the outcome of the case.
at 10:18 AM on Jun. 25, 2008