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My son ran away he was then referred to a counseling program

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My son ran away he was then referred to a counseling program by the juvenile courts. My son then told them he thought about suicide at night and it made the social worker insist we take him to the emergency room. Well after being assured he wasn't going to do harm to himself my son then told me the next day that those was not his exact words and that the caseworker twisted his words around. The worker then made an appointment with a psychologist. I said my son did not need the help and I was going to take him to the doctor and the doctor would determine if he need a extra help and the psychologist would determine if there is a problem. Then I get a call from another social worker demanding I come in and sign papers and have my son speak with a mentor. I was told later that day by my son the real reason he ran away and was stress from relocating and dealing with racism and his failing grades. I told the social worker all these things and that I did not appreciate being given a different worker without being told and that my son told me what was really wrong and that I contacted the principal and talked to her about it. The worker was very rude and said my son need their help and if I don't cooperate they will refer his case back to juvenile court. I said fine do that. Juvenile court then sent a letter saying there was no need for a hearing but I was being warranted to seek mental help for my child. Now I am getting letters from the social services saying they want me to meet with them in their office for assessment and if I don't comply they will get the authorities and I will be in a lot of trouble with the law. What is my rights as far as meeting with social services and what rights do they have?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 4 months ago.

I am sorry to hear about your son's situation. I hope he is doing better. I will tell you that they have a lot of latitude and are given a lot of preference by the courts. You should cooperate with them to a degree but you are not obligated to do anything they prescribe without a court order. I would suggest having an attorney accompany you or review any documentation they are asking you to sign.

Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 4 months ago.

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