Your kids are precious and always will be. So, you want to take care of them. You teach them what to do in case of a fire, a tornado or flood but have you taught your kids about CPS?
Since I was raised in and out of foster care, I taught my child never to trust CPS. Do your children know that the good people at Child Protective Services will try to guide your children into saying things they don’t mean. They are very manipulative in their interaction with children.
I know this first hand. They wanted to charge my mother with neglect but they couldn’t without lying because I wouldn’t finger her.
Do your children know where to go? What to say? How to behave if questioned by CPS? These are things you need to discuss with your kids, just like you were planning for any other emergency. If the kids know that you love them and are fighting for them, it will give them reason to hope and to fight.
Develop a family plan, practice it. Our son is now 18, but I don’t think a month went by that we didn’t discuss all kinds of emergencies and this was one, being kidnapped was another. Practice your plan, make sure everyone knows what to do in case of emergency. Everyone’s plan will be different. Our son was told climb out his window if they came to the house and run as fast as he could to his grandfather’s house (4 miles away).
Kids are Kidjacked all the time. Is your family ready?