Child Protective Services is at your door. What happens?
Allegations of child abuse or neglect present families with one of the most legally complex and emotionally difficult challenges imaginable. Regardless of how criminal authorities treat such allegations, Child Protective Services (CPS), an arm of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is required to conduct its own investigation and take its own actions. However, while law enforcement and CPS may take separate actions, they often work together and share information, which is one of the many reasons why it’s important for people facing such investigations to have a seasoned family lawyer and criminal lawyer assisting with each aspect.
Parents and families often have little understanding of their statutory and constitutional rights in CPS investigations. You DO have a choice when CPS asks you to submit to intrusive actions, sometimes including the indefinite surrender of visitation rights or signing “safety plans.” You are entitled to legal representation in CPS investigations, and you can seek judicial review of CPS actions by an independent judge.
Because allegations of abuse or neglect often involve parallel criminal proceedings and CPS proceedings, ParkerBryan Family Law works closely together with our “sister” practice group, Cheshire Parker Schneider to serve our clients in both forums. We work with families, CPS representatives, law enforcement officials, judges, and our own investigators and experts to defend parents and protect family autonomy in all manner of abuse or neglect cases.