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Can social services take my child away if he happened to have run away while we were all supposed to be sleeping?

Posted by yelita85

My four year old has not been diagnosed with autism but he's pediatrician has seen a few signs and has recommended the evaluation which will be this coming week. My son was taking a nap and only after he was sound asleep in his bed I went and took a nap as well since I was very tired from being up all night due to the fact that my son just did not want to go to bed. Maybe 20-25 minutes after I had fallen asleep I hear someone knocking on the door really loud and of course I ran downstairs only to find two individuals with my son. Now usually knowing my son I never go to bed unless I am sure that he has fallen asleep first. And even when he wakes up in the mornings I am usually able to hear him and get to him before he gets into the kitchen or anything else. I was very suprised that I had not heard him get out of bed, let alone get out of the house. Now a little while later a cop came knocking on my door to file a report. He said that social services may or may not pay a visit.

My question is can social services take my child from me for child neglect? I understand that it was a very irresponsible thing but I can't help falling asleep! My son is ADHD and like I have mentioned before may be Autistic as well, and so he does random things. He has never even shown he knew how to unlock the door ( the lock is pretty high) but now I see that I will have to put something in place that will be much safer for him and unreachable. Does anyone know any information or any advice they could give me on this issue?

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Is it possible that social services could get involved? Yes. Will they take the child? If this is the first incident, not likely. If social services comes to talk to you and you show that you have engaged in services and medical treatment for your child's condition, and you take steps to make sure this doesn't happen again (locks or alarms on doors, etc.), they will likely just see if there is any help they can give you and then move on to someone else who's not doing what they need to. If it happens repeatedly, however, they may think you can't control him and then that will be a different issue.
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