Division of Family and Children Services
- Like any parent, our attorneys know how sacred your right to raise your children is to you. The Constitution guarantees your right to raise your children as you determine, with limited exceptions for the child’s safety and well-being. Though many DFCS social workers are well intentioned, they are often ignorant of the law they are trying to enforce. Oftentimes they misinterpret or overstate, their ability to intervene in your life and they abuse the authority they are afforded by the State.
- A poor outcome in a preliminary DFCS investigation may result in a dependency case in Juvenile Court. A finding of dependency means that the Juvenile Court has found by clear and convincing evidence that your child is in need of state services because that child has been abused or neglected or is otherwise without proper parental care or control. As a parent, it often means that your child will be placed in foster care until such time as you have completed a court-ordered reunification case plan. In some cases, the Court may find that reunification is not appropriate and the State may move to terminate your parental rights.
- As anyone can see, DFCS involvement is very serious and you should not defend these serious allegations alone. Because these allegations involve state interference with your fundamental right to raise your children, you are entitled to court appointed representation if you meet the limited requirements necessary to determine that you are indigent.
Many attorneys, though they may represent clients in other areas of family law, will not accept cases for clients faced with dependency allegations. Many attorneys simply do not feel they are on a level playing field with DFCS, and they are not up for the challenge. Here, at Brown, Barbour, & Thrailkill, P.C. we are ready to defend your fundamental right to raise your children, and we will not be deterred or intimidated by DFCS. Call us today for a free consultation so that we can advise you of your rights and so that we can level the playing field for you.