Can Child Protective Services become involved?

by Rochelle
(Texas)

Ok, so my friend's husband decided to quit smoking pot but she still smokes. They have a 4 yr old but she's a great mom and doesn't smoke around the child. If he goes to Al-anon meetings could CPS become involved? We don't want this to happen and of course they don't either.

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CPS only would get involved if someone calls them in.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Rochelle,

Al-anon is an anonymous group that supports families trying to cope with drug addiction. Everything that happens in Al-anon should stay within Al-anon and confidential with one exception.

When child abuse is alleged, and there are persons who are legally obligated to report any child abuse, then CPS would have to be called.

Only certain people are legally required to report: Counselors, Pastors, Doctors, Social Works and other professionals are the most common people who a LEGALLY REQUIRED to call CPS.

Usually, Al-anon is only lay people and they would not be required to call CPS. But, they still may call CPS is they are concerned for the child.

So the short answer is yes it is POSSIBLE that if her husband goes to Al-anon CPS could become involved.

Hope that answers your question,

Debbie

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