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ACS Visits

ACS Visits

acs visitsOnce an ACS agent begins an investigation, they are required to visit your home within 24-48 hours of receiving a report of child abuse or neglect. According to the ACS website, ACS will:

  • Make an unannounced visit to your home within 24 – 48 hours.
  • Demand to see and speak to all your children or those you supervise.
  • Give you a letter called a Notice of Existence, informing you that you have an open investigation of abuse or maltreatment.
  • If you are not home, CPS will leave a Notice of Home Visit letter informing you of the visit.
  • If you allow them inside, they will check to make sure your home is free of hazards, has adequate food, and safe sleeping arrangements.


If an ACS worker visits your home do NOT open the door, do not let them inside or even see the inside of your house. Even if the ACS worker is accompanied by a police officer, the Constitution of the United States and New York State do not allow the police to enter your home without a warrant signed by a judge. Unless ACS provides a warrant that is signed by a judge, Do Not Let Them Inside.

Advise any visiting caseworker that you do not want to make any statements and that your attorney will contact them. Expect to be threatened by the ACS worker and the police officers. Do not answer any questions! Politely inform the ACS caseworker or policeman that you cannot answer any questions without your attorney present. You have the right to request an attorney for legal advice and ACS is aware of this right. Contact an ACS lawyer to defend your rights! Do not answer the ACS workers questions since the caseworker will not record the conversation and then has the liberty to misinterpret any information you provide in court.

contact acs attorneyIf ACS visits your home or apartment, call Brooklyn Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Discioarro.
Call 917-519-8417 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

Brooklyn ACS Attorney Areas Served

Bath Beach Canarsie Gowanus Prospect Heights
Bay Ridge Clinton Hill Gravesend Park Slope
Bedford-Stuyvesant Cobble Hill Greenpoint Red Hook
Bensonhurst Coney Island Greenwood Heights Sheepshead Bay
Bergen Beach Crown Heights Kensington Williamsburg
Boerum Hill East Flatbush Lefferts Gardens Windsor Park
Brighton Beach Flatbush Marine Park
Brooklyn Heights Fort Greene Midwood
Bushwick Fort Hamilton Mill Basin