Cases involving child protective services are serious and should not be taken lightly. I work with parents that are being investigated by CPS to ensure that their legal rights to their children are protected and help parents decipher the web of demands and request made by the department.
Allegations of abuse and neglect can stem from a number of sources which include disgruntled ex-spouses, relatives, professionals or anonymous individuals. I work diligently on behalf of clients to fight false allegations, providing steps to prepare an adequate defense.
Even if your case is just a simple misunderstanding, you don’t want to face legal proceedings alone. An investigation can quickly turn into a removal proceeding, which if requested by the department, can expose parents to the possibility of having their rights terminated if the department and Judge do not believe the parents can meet the needs of their child(ren).
Once the department decides to move forward with a removal proceeding there will a hearing set, it is crucial to have an attorney present at this hearing to argue against the allegations made. The law provides for a very low burden of proof required to be proven by the state in order to get such a removal granted, as such it is crucial to not delay seeking legal advice or counsel. If such removal is granted, parents must then work with the department to complete an array of services ordered by a Judge to get their child(ren) back. These cases are complex and require parent’s complete attention and involvement.