Good morning. The laws do allow it. If a worker has cause to believe, based on credible evidence, that a parent or someone who has direct access to the child has a substance abuse problem, including the abuse of alcohol or marijuana, and that problem threatens the child's safety, the worker must request a drug test for the client.
A worker may request substance abuse testing:
• when the worker has cause to believe that a client has a substance abuse problem, based on credible evidence from an intake report, an investigation, comments from collateral sources (such as teachers, neighbors, and family doctors), child safety and risk assessments, family assessments, a drug screening, self-admission from the client, or on-going case monitoring;
• when a court orders the testing;
• when a safety plan that relates to substance abuse issues is about to end because it no longer appears necessary;
• to allow or re-assess family reunification, if the parent has an active substance abuse problem;
• to provide motivation for a parent to remain abstinent; or
• to encourage participation in substance abuse treatment or aftercare.
Now, if you refuse, they may deem it a fail and they could still try and remove the child from your care.