When can a child be removed from the home in Arizona?

When CPS investigates your child's situation, it does not automatically mean that you will lose custody. A child removed from the home by CPS in Arizona must have been subject to certain dangerous situations. CPS has the authority to remove a child from the home only if they have probable cause to believe that:

  • The child is being abused or neglected.
  • The child will be abused or neglected.
  • The child is injured due to dangerous drug manufacturing in your home.
  • The child has a serious physical or emotional injury that requires medical assistance.

Additionally, a child could be removed from the home if CPS feels there is a risk of "imminent harm" to the child, and alternative measures have failed or will not protect the child.

Although emotions can run high any time children are involved, remember that the ultimate goal is to make sure your child is safe and living in a healthy environment. If you have any questions about child dependency in Arizona, or if you have been accused of child abuse or neglect, contact the compassionate Phoenix family law attorneys with Curry, Pearson & Wooten today at 1-888-929-5292. We have the knowledge, experience, and skills to ease your way through this difficult time. You may also want to take a look at our FREE book, Arizona Family Law – How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.