I am sorry to say that I have met very few CPS workers who were not the most incompetent people with a personal agenda that care more about their personal agenda than they do about actually protecting children (in their warped minds I guess they may think they are protecting children by their bias incompetent opinions)> The problem is that the judge has weighed the facts, but by not allowing at least the 17 year old to testify may have committed error, BUT the court covered itself by saying they believed the incident happened and upon evaluation of the facts it just did not rise to the level of abuse necessary to remove the children (this hurts you for an appeal and this is likely why the court covered itself in this manner because they knew refusing to allow the 17 year old to testify and to allow you to admit the pictures and texts would be sufficient grounds for you to appeal and the appeals court would then get to review that evidence and give their opinion on it and by this judge saying she believed the incident occurred she stopped that from happening and the appeals court now can only review her interpretation based on ABUSE OF DISCRETION and they will not interfere with the judge's evaluation of the evidence or testimony). However, you recourse here is to immediately file an appeal of the judge's ruling and cite all of your grounds for the appeal and get the appeals court involved in the review, if not, all you can do is sit back until the next incident and file a new motion in the court and seek the custody change again.
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