CPS/DFS Child Removals
The Five Most Frightening Words a Parent Can Hear: “CPS Has Taken My Children.”
When Child Protective Services of the Department of Family Services (CPS/DFS) removes a child from your home, those five words are difficult for any parent to have to say. Let your next step be guided by our highly experience juvenile dependency attorneys, who will act quickly toward regaining custody of your children when a social worker makes allegations of parental abuse or neglect.
If your child or children were taken due to allegations of physical or sexual abuse by Child Protective Services, an accusation has already been made against you. This means social workers are preparing a court document called a Petition to remove your children from your custody or for a request for court intervention while you have continued custody of your children. (Usually, at this point, social services asks to REMOVE your children from you.)
In a juvenile dependency case, the courts could take jurisdiction over your family due to neglect, physical abuse, sex abuse, or other allegations. CPS/DFS can come unannounced to your home and remove your children. Contacting an attorney immediately can have a positive effect on the outcome of your case.
- How Will I Know If I Am Being Investigated By CPS?
- How Can An Attorney Help To Mitigate A CPS Investigation?
- Should We Cooperate With CPS And Allow Them Into Our Home?
- When Should I Hire An Attorney If CPS Is Investigating Me For Alleged Child Abuse?
There is no question that the very first steps that you can take as a parent will affect the entire case and this is why contacting a juvenile attorney is extremely important and must be the very first step that you take. Attorney Carin Johnson will respond immediately to your call.
At the Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson, we understand it can be overwhelming to sort out all the legal issues during such an emotional time. This challenge is the reason that you need to have an experienced juvenile dependency attorney on your side. If CPS or DFS is making their case against you, let us help you make your case for keeping your family together.
Together, we will work toward two goals: protecting your child (they are undoubtedly scared and confused) while simultaneously doing ALL that we can to protect your rights as a parent and do whatever is necessary to keep your family together. After an initial investigation, a social worker representing CPS or DFS can file a petition in your child’s name against you for parental abuse or neglect. If you have still not yet spoken to an attorney at this point, contact us now. Attorney Carin Johnson has practiced in the area of Juvenile Dependency for 25 years and can advise you every step of the way.
If your child was taken, a social worker must either release your child (after speaking with you) or file a petition with the court within 48 hours and after that petition is filed the court has 24 hours to get the matter on calendar. For the sake of your family, do not go before the juvenile court without a juvenile dependency lawyer who has been there time and again and helped families just like yours. Don’t go it alone! Let our juvenile dependency attorney give you the legal advice you need to protect your family.
As an interim step, juvenile dependency attorney Carin Johnson can request that your child be released into the custody of another family member, such as grandparents or close family friends. We will inquire immediately about this option and present a list of relatives and non-relative extended family members who can care for your children.
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