Being involved in a dependency case is extremely difficult for any parent. Call Elizee Law Firm to guide you through this confusing and difficult process.
Dependency cases involve allegations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Often a dependency case starts when either a parent or a third party files a complaint with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). When a report is made to DCF, an investigation will be started. If the investigation finds that the child at issue is being abused, neglected, or abandoned, DCF may bring an action in dependency court to terminate the parent’s parenting rights.
DCF is able to remove the child from their home. In most cases, the child will be places with another relative or friend. Where warranted, the court may order that the child remains outside of the home during the dependency of the case. If that is the case, the parent will be given visitation rights. Supervised visitations can be ordered by the court where necessary.
The court’s main concern during a dependency case is the child’s safety and the reunification of the family. DCF and the court will give the family any aid and access to services necessary to improve the state of the home. DCF will also draft a plan made up of steps that the parent needs to follow to dismiss or close the dependency case. If the parent fails to complete this plan, their parenting rights can be terminated.
Being accused of abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child is very serious. Be sure to contact a hire an experiences family attorney to represent you in these matters. Elizee Law Firm can help you and your family through these difficult times. Contact us today at (305) 371-8846 for more information.