The reason why DHS is involved is because likely, in her allegations, she has alleged that the abuse had gone on since she has been a minor.
Now, DHS has
to come out for any case unless it is completely outrageous, so they have to interview everyone simply even if to say, "okay, nonsense" and to close it out.
However, do know
that whatever you say may be passed on to the police. DHS is not police. You do not have to talk with them. However, because you have nothing to hide, a party in your situation may indeed wish to speak with them, but only using counsel. This is because DHS often has an inherent flaw of believing the child over the adult. So you may wish to overcome this presumption by having counsel guide you through the interview. The attorney may prep you for it, and, may stand in and/or terminate the interview at any time.
May I recommend the Oregon Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
Now, if there was credible evidence of abuse, DHS will also want to talk to the children as well. If they feel that there is actually credible allegations, they may move to take custody of the children and the police may investigate for criminal
charges. Ergo, as you can see, it is important that an attorney helps you navigate this minefield properly.
However, I have a feeling that once DHS realizes that her allegations are false and vengeful in nature, they will drop the matter, and everything will simply go away. The problem is, once an allegation is made, it would really help to show that it has no basis in reality.
As for not coming home - DHS has no power to order you to do that. However, during an investigation
, it is customary that the adult is asked (i.e. threatened) not to come home until the matter is concluded. If you break this agreement, DHS may accelerate their investigation and move to take custody of the children even if simply for a temporary period while the matter is is still being concluded. While the Court
may or may not agree to the DHS's request, DHS often has the Court's ear.
Ideally, the steps will be these:
1) Unfortunately, do not go home for now, so as not to antagonize DHS, although it is your decision;
2) Hire counsel and have the interview;
3) Show that the allegations leveled were vengeful because she was kicked out;
4) DHS drops the matter;
5) The matter goes away.
It should then not come up on a background check.
Finally, you may sue your daughter for DEFAMATION for this. Defamation is the publication of a falsity to a third party. Bank of Oregon v. Independent News, 693 P. 2d 35 - Or: Supreme Court 1985
. I know, this may be little compensation, but may be at the very least emotionally satisfying.
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