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Hello, my name is***** 19 yr old daughter was recently involved in a C.P.S. case over a first time marijuana possession case in Erath County, TX. Her daughter is 4yrs old. The case was thankfully closed just a little over 2 weeks ago because she successfully finished all classes that were required to take and passed all of the drug tests that were given as well. She has a good relationship with her case worker as well. However, her case worker just sent her a text today, asking her if should would come in to take another drug test today or tomorrow, and we don't understand why she should have to do this again. She is going to college full time and working part time, as well as raising her daughter in her own home. They have not said there is a new case or anything against her either. I was under the impression that there should be a case against her or a court order, in order for this request to be required from her. There is neither, and as I said, her case was for sure closed. She is just very busy and frustrated that she will have to rearrange her schedule that this has been asked if her once again, when nothing has happened. She is a good mother and her daughter loves her mother so much

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Sorry, do you deal with cps cases?

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No mam.

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I just wanted to ask if this is right w/out a court order or anything right now? Thank you so much.

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Family Lawyer: Gerald-Esquire, Lawyer replied 10 months ago
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Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

If the case has actually been closed (as you indicate) then CPS has no basis to ask for another test. I wonder if the Caseworker forgot to obtain the drug test that they normally do just before closing the case and is trying to cover here mistake by documenting the test after the fact.

If there is not an existing case then it is not appropriate for the caseworker to ask for the test.

Here is the Texas state manual for random screens by CPS:

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/handbooks/CPS/Files/CPS_pg_1923.asp

You can see that there are numerous circumstances where testing is NOT called for. Your daughter may want to review this manual. The problem with just refusing however is that CPS has been known to be over reaching. Your daughter may wish to contact her attorney to have a letter written to CPS asking for clarification and justification for the screen.

It would not cost very much for the letter AND it might put an end to this for good.

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