What Happens After I File a Petition?
When you first get protection, it's only temporary. The order is called a PPO. You must return to court on the date indicated in the PPO, usually about 15 days, so the judge can determine if a full Protective Order is necessary. Both you and the abuser will be asked to appear in court on that date. During the 15-day period, the police will serve the abuser with a copy of the order, so the abuser will know when the hearing is scheduled.
How Can I Get Protection?
How Can a Restraining Order Help Me?
A restraining order can do the following:
- The court can order the abuser not to have any contact with you, in person or by phone, at home, work or almost anywhere you ask the court to put in the order. The order against contact may also protect other people in your family.
- The court can order the abuser to leave the house or apartment that you and the abuser share, even if it is the abuser’s home.
- Grant you custody of your minor children.
- Order the abuser to pay child support and support you.
- Order the abuser to pay for costs that resulted from the abuse; for example, household bills that are due right away, medical/dental treatment, moving expenses, loss of earnings
- Order the abuser to pay attorney’s fees, and can make the abuser pay damages to you or other people who helped you or got hurt by the abuser
- Order the abuser to receive professional domestic violence counseling, or tell the abuser to go get evaluated or go to AA or NA
What Type of Protective Orders are Available?
1. Emergency Protective Order (EPO): Expires at the end of the third day following issuance or the next day court
is in session, whichever is later)
2. Preliminary Protective Order (PPO): Lasts up to 15 days or until a full hearing.
3. Final Protective Order: Can last up to two (2) years.
How long does it take to become a foster/adoptive parent?
It typically takes a family between three and four months to become an approved foster/adoptive parent after completing all in-service training. The time can vary depending on how quickly families complete the requirements.
Would a child's biological family be involved while a child is living in my home?
Yes, in most circumstances a child’s family remains involved with their child while they are in foster care. Department of Social Service Family Service Specialists will help coordinate contact and visits. Regular contact with their biological families is very important. Foster parents have a big role in supporting a child’s connection with their family.
How long is temporary?
A child’s stay in foster care may be as short as overnight or may be much longer. Some children in foster care become permanent members of a family or are adopted. Each child’s journey is unique but is important to understand that the goal of foster care is for a child to be reunified with his family.
What is the goal of foster care?
The goal of foster care is to provide a safe, stable, nurturing temporary home and services for children who cannot presently remain in their own home.
Who are foster children?
The children range in age from newborn to 18 years. The majority of the children we work with have experienced abuse and neglect. Many of them also may have emotional issues, behavioral problems, school difficulties, developmental delays, or are members of sibling groups who need to stay together. These children represent a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. There is a specific need for foster homes for children ages 7 and older.
How do I become a Foster Parent?
Contact the Foster Parent Trainer by phone or e-mail and introduce yourself. You will then be invited to attend an orientation session that will give you a brief overview of the process and our program. After attending orientation and completing an application you will be required to complete 27 hours of pre-service training. During the pre-service training you will meet with a Family Assessment Specialist to complete a home study and other required paperwork.
Who are Foster Parents?
Foster Parents can be single adults and/or married couples. They are financially stable, have adequate bedroom space and meet all state required criminal clearances. They have a love of children and believe in the unique potential of every child. They provide children with guidance, structure, supervision, safety, and discipline. Foster parents appreciate being part of a supportive system of other parents and professionals working together to changes the lives of children.
Is the purpose of CPS to take children out of the home?
In accordance with the Code of Virginia, Social Services also provides foster care prevention/ongoing Child Protective Services. The purpose of this unit is to provide services to prevent further abuse or neglect of a child and to prevent the removal of the child from his/her home. If your family has been referred to ongoing/prevention services one of the following has occurred:
You have voluntarily agreed to work with Social Services to find parenting solutions.
A family assessment has been completed with your family.
A CPS investigation has been completed with your family.
There is a current Court Order indicating that Social Services shall provide services to your family.
There are risk factors and concerns that have been identified surrounding the children and caretakers in your home/family.
There are risk factors that indicate your child is at risk of abuse or neglect or your child is at risk of removal from your home.
Prevention services will work in partnership with the family and other community resources to identify specific behaviors and environmental conditions that need to change to prevent further abuse or neglect and to provide a safe environment for the family and their children).
Does CPS provide foster Care Services?
The CPS unit also provides foster care prevention services to families referred by the community and by Court Order. In addition, the CPS unit attempts outreach to prevent child abuse or neglect by addressing risk issues before they result in maltreatment of children.
What system is in place to protect children?
CPS utilizes a Differential Response System. Once an incoming call/referral is determined to be valid, the Differential Response then helps the local agency determine if the referral will be a Family Assessment or an Investigation. The Structured Decision Making tool helps staff determine if the valid concern should be a Family Assessment or an Investigation. The Family Assessment process is service oriented, strength based and non-punitive. The Investigation Process determines if abuse or neglect have occurred and makes a finding of Founded or Unfounded. During both a Family Assessment and Investigation, safety of the child is addressed as well as risk of future harm.
What happens when a concern is reported to a local agency?
When concerns are reported to the local agency, staff have to first determine if the concerns reported are valid (need attention) or invalid (do not meet criteria for agency follow through). Staff use SDM to assist in making this decision.
In the instance of a traffic stop, should I advise the police officer that I have a concealed handgun permit?
Virginia law does not require you to notify the officer that you have a permit. However, Section 18.2-308.01, of the Code of Virginia, requires you to be in possession of the permit whenever you are carrying a concealed handgun and to display the permit and a government-issued photo-identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer.
I am a new resident to Virginia and possess a concealed handgun permit issued by a permit-reciprocal state. Will my permit still be honored in Virginia?
A permit issued by a state in which Virginia has established concealed handgun permit reciprocity or recognition will be honored in Virginia as long as the permit remains valid regardless of the change of address. It is suggested that you confirm the validity of the permit with the issuing agency in this instance.