When the Department of Child Safety (DCS) removes children from their home, it can be a difficult and confusing process for everyone involved. For a parent trying to navigate the system, and ensure her Constitutional rights to parent her children is not trampled, it is important to have experienced and zealous representation.
We take an innovative approach to DCS/CPS cases and have a record of success defending clients in temporary custody, dependency, and severance hearings. Our extensive experience with both the juvenile court system and with family law allows us to advise our clients as to all options available to them, and sometimes to circumvent the Department of Child Safety and the dependency system entirely.
If you or a family member are facing an investigation by DCS/CPS, it is important to speak to an attorney with experience in juvenile law as quickly as possible, instead of waiting for the children to be removed.
Friends and relatives are often left caring for the children of family or loved ones with no legal means to care for them. Depending on the circumstances, a private dependency or guardianship may be the proper legal mechanism to ensure that caregivers have the legal ability to care for a child or children in their care.
Another reason to file a private dependency would be if you believe a child is in danger of abuse or neglect, and making a report to DCS has not caused them to step in and take protective action. A private dependency can permit a family member or friend to step in and take protective action for a child or children unable to protect themselves.
We have the expertise and skill necessary to help you decide if a private dependency is the right legal option to help you protect and care for a child or children in need.
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