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I am sorry to hear of this situation for you.
Did the letter say anything else - like they wanted him to be prepared to take the child from the home or anything of that nature?
I only made a request for more information. And I see you have provided that so I can give you an ANSWER with true and correct information
You are under no obligation to talk to anyone without local counsel present. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
However in the meantime, they have a right to get a court order based on their evidence that says you have been neglectful/abusive and have the children removed from your home
There would then be a court hearing. It is not a situation where you are found guilty first. This is all done on a preponderance of the evidence and in the child's best interest.
At this time I suggest you should consider a consultation with a local attorney before you speak to anyone. I further suggest you do not wait too long, because they can and will come to take the child.
Yes, they can get a court order in CT - and yes they can remove the child and ask questions later with the court order
Not necessarily. They can get their information together. And they can go to school and interview your son without you knowing or your permission.
I suggest you tell your son if anyone at all tries to contact him for discussion in this regard that he should only say "I want my Mother and Father" and nothing more at all.
I am not aware of anything that says DCF cannot come into the school and interview a child - whether you have told the school not to let them or not. Now, the school should call and tell you they are there since you made that request, but they cannot stop them from coming in and trying to interview your child, unfortunately.
So I would make it very clear with them that if DCF shows up you are to be Notified at once.
I suggest you can start to gather character reference letters to show that you are a good Mother and that you would never drink and drive with or without the child in the car.
And if you are on good terms with the Father maybe get him to support you.
Other than that, I suggest to tell your son the importance of only saying "I want my parents" and nothing else no matter what. And its ok, if they ask did Mommy tell you to say that "Yes Mommy did and I want her here" No matter what else they say to him.
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