If you are in the CPS meatgrinder, sooner or later you are going to want to get your records from CPS.  With very little searching on the internet, you quickly find out about the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act.  And you can find all sorts of forms to fill out, too.

The problem is, if you title your records request FOIA/ Privacy Act, the state may simply repel your request because FOIA/ Privacy Act requests are generally for Federal records only.

The state person replying to your request knows PERFECTLY WELL what you are looking for. If you are really lucky, they give you a scolding and then inform you of what exactly the law is called in your state.  Or go ahead and retrieve the records for you.

In several states, they are called Sunshine Laws. In others, they are called Public Records Acts or Laws.

To find what your particular state law is named click HERE for a clickable map for the exact name of the Sunshine Law/ Public Records Law in YOUR state.  UPDATE!  NEW LIST BELOW

Now armed with the exact name to put in YOUR CPS Records Request, here's a general verbiage outline-

Your Name as likely appears on the records and Your Mates' name
City, State, Zip
Phone Number

Name of the CPS agency
City, State, Zip


Dear Information Officer:

Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law ORS. ANN. 192.410 to .505, I/ We request all documents and records named herein.

I/ We request access to and copies of any records with the names YOUR NAME, MATES NAME, or CHILD'S NAME on it.

I/ We would like to receive the information in electronic format. (Or printed if you want to pay through the nose for it)

This information is sought under my/our Pro Se status for use in our defense.

Please waive any applicable fees. 

I/ We expect full compliance with these demands under PUBLIC RECORDS ACT, pro se, and full disclosure.

In documents that contain exempt material, our right is to see the unexempted portion and no document can be concealed because it contains exempt material. 

All exempted material requires, by law, a detailed justification of what was exempted and the reasons why it is excluded.

I/ We reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

I/ We look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires. (Check how many days they are given in YOUR STATE)

Thank you for your assistance.

Your Name 


Your Mate's Name



Alabama. Open Records Law ALA. CODE 36-12-40 et seq.

Alaska Public Records Act ALASKA STAT. 09.25.100 to .220

Arizona Public Records Law ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. 39-121 to 1-24

Arkansas Freedom of Information Act of 1967 ARK. CODE ANN. 25-19-101 to -107

California Public Records Act CAL. GOV. CODE 6250 to 6270

Colorado Public Records Law COLO. REV. STAT. 24-72-201 to -206

Connecticut. Freedom of Information Act CONN. GEN. STAT. ANN. 1-18 to -21K

Delaware Freedom of Information Act DEL. CODE ANN. 29-100-1001

District of Columbia- D.C. CODE ANN. 25-61-10

Florida Open Records FLA. STAT. ANN. 119.01 to .165

Georgia Open Records Act GA. CODE ANN. 50-18-70 to -76

Hawaii Public Record Rules HAW. REV. STAT. ANN. 92F-11 to -19

Idaho Public Records Law IDAHO CODE 9-338 to -347

Illinois Freedom of Information Act ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. Ch.5, 140/1 to /11

Indiana Open Records Law IND. CODE ANN. 5-14-3-1 to -10

Iowa Open Records Law IOWA CODE ANN. 22.1 to .14

Kansas Open Records Law KAN. STAT. ANN. 45-215 to -225

Kentucky Open Records Act KY. REV. STAT. ANN. 61.870 to .884

Louisiana Public Records Act LA. REV. STAT. ANN. 44:31 to :37

Maine Freedom of Access Law ME. REV. STAT. ANN. tit. 1 Ch.13, 1 408

Maryland Open Records Act MD. CODE ANN., STATE & GOVT. 10-611 to -628

Massachusetts Public Records Law MASS. GEN. LAWS ANN. Ch.4, 7; Ch. 66, 10

Michigan Freedom of Information Act MICH. COMP. LAWS ANN. 15-231 to -246

Minnesota Data Practices Act MINN. STAT. ANN. 13.03

Mississipp Public Records Act of 1983 MISS. CODE ANN. 25-61-1 to -17

Missouri Public Records Law MO. ANN. STAT. 109.180 to .190

Montana Open Records MONT. CODE ANN. 2-6-101 to -111

Nebraska Open Records Act NEB. REV. STAT. 84.712 to .713.05

Nevada Public Records NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. 239.005 to .040

New Hampshire Right to Know Law N.H. REV. STAT. ANN. 91-A:1 to :8

New Jersey Right to Know Law N.J. REV. STAT. 47-1A-1

New Mexico Inspection of Public Relations Act 14-2-1 N.M. STAT. ANN. 1978 et seq.

New York- Freedom of Information Law N.Y. PUB. OFF. LAW 84 to 90

North Carolina Public Records Law N.C. GEN. STAT. 132-1 to -10

North Dakota Open Records Law N.D. CENT. CODE 44-04-18 to -18.8

Ohio Availability of Public Records OHIO REV. CODE ANN 149.43

Oklahoma Open Records Act OKLA. STAT. ANN. Tit. 51, 24A.1 to .18

Oregon Public Records Law Or. Rev. STAT. ANN. 192.410 to .505

Pennsylvania Open Records Law PA. CONS. STAT. ANN. Tit. 65, 66.1 to .4

Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act R.I. GEN. LAWS 38-2-1 to -14

South Carolina Freedom of Information Act S.C. CODE ANN. 30-4-10 to -110

South Dakota Open Records S.D. CODIFIED LAWS ANN. 1-27-1 to -19

Tennessee Open Records Act TENN. CODE ANN. 10-7-503 to -509

Texas Open Records Act TEX. GOV. CODE ANN. 552.001

Utah Government Records Access and Management Act UTAH CODE ANN. 63-2-101 to -207

Vermont Open Records Law VT. STAT. ANN. tit. 1, 315 to 320

Virginia Freedom of Information Act VA. CODE ANN.2.1-340 to -346.1

Washington Open Records Law WASH. REV. CODE ANN. 42.17.250 to .311

West Virgina Freedom of Information Act W. VA. CODE 29B-1-1 to -7

Wisconsin Public Access Law WIS. STAT. ANN. 19.31 to .39

Wyoming Public Records Act WYO. STAT. ANN. 9-2-407