DCFS Attorney - Joliet, Illinois
Serving Will, Grundy, Kendall, Du Page, Kane, LaSalle and Kankakee Counties
DCFS Lawyer Handling Administrative Appeals & Investigations
At A. Melton Law, PC we are prepared to represent your interests as a parent in disputes involving the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). While DCFS does important work protecting children in abusive environments, we help to ensure that the wrongfully accused parents are provided a fair chance to explain the situation and keep their families intact.
DCFS Defense Lawyer - Guiding You Through Stressful Investigations
It is not uncommon for a child to go to school with scrapes and bruises which are noticed by the teacher or a classroom worker. This adult at the school must report the suspected abuse or allegations of sexual abuse to a school social worker who is mandated to report it. DCFS has the right to question the child at school without the parent's notice. DCFS will conduct an investigation. Generally, this is marked by a series of meetings, both scheduled and unannounced. After building a case, they may recommend to juvenile court that the child be removed from the home. In some instances the state may even take immediate action and take the child.
Your rights have time limits. The parent then has 60 days with which to file an appeal. In the meantime, we can help to negotiate a safety plan where the child is released to the custody of a relative or trusted family friends.
It is important to seek counsel immediately before making a statement.
How Can You Fight Your DCFS Case?
The case will go to an administrative hearing, this is followed by a recommendation on a potential termination of parental rights. We can help you handle these appeals from the initial investigation through the entire appeals process.
Our lawyers assist families in understanding and figuring out these situations - finding the truth among the allegations. We are committed to helping children grow up in healthy situations and environments, preferably with their parents. When false allegations of abuse are leveled against you, you must act immediately to confront these very serious charges and fight to keep your family together.
At A. Melton Law, PC, we are able to represent the interests of parents in juvenile court. While Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) does invaluable work protecting children, false accusations of abuse can tear a family apart, harming the children and causing irreparable damage. We work hard to ensure that families are protected and that children are provided a healthy environment to grow with their families.
Attorney For DCFS Cases - DCFS Complaints Lawyer
To learn how an experienced family law lawyer can help you proactively face these accusations and bring your family back together, please call our Will County law office today.
Defending You Against False Allegations Of Juvenile Abuse
When an instance of suspected abuse is reported to the DCFS, the issue may be passed along to the juvenile court of Illinois if it is determined that there are grounds for charges. DCFS will contact the state attorney to make this determination. From there, the matter will be heard in a range of hearings to find whether the parents are fit to maintain parental rights.
Evidence in the matter will be provided by DCFS based on reports and accounts of social workers and the agency in reviewing the relationship between the parent and child and the environment the child is living in. Based on these reports, juvenile court has the authority to take the children immediately.
Representing You In Department of Children & Family Services Proceedings
We are prepared to represent parents against all charges. A guardian ad litem will be appointed in the matter to represent the best interests of your child or children. We will help you navigate the system, and fight to protect your family.
We will thoroughly investigate the issue, and provide evidence in court on your behalf. We are committed to ensuring that you are thoroughly represented at all hearings and proceedings.
You can learn more about the DCFS HERE.
We help people and families with DCFS cases, we will help you find the truth among the allegations. We are committed to helping children grow up in healthy situations and environments, preferably with their parents and families.