The Department of Children and Families (DCF) typically becomes involved in a case after allegations of possible child abuse or educational, mental, physical or emotional neglect. Allegations of abuse or neglect may include:
- Sex abuse
- Drug or alcohol abuse (substance abuse)
- Physical abuse
- Domestic violence
- Munchausen syndrome (where an attention seeker afflicts a child with a disease or falsely claims a medical condition or symptoms causing the child to spend much of their youth in hospitals or bed)
Needless to say, an investigation by the DCF is serious, and can have serious consequences, including the loss of your children by 96-hour hold or order of temporary custody and placement on DCF's central registry. Should you learn that you are the target of a DCF investigation, you need to take immediate action.
Helping You Protect Your Parental Rights
At Zaslow & Sandler, LLC, we defend parents throughout Connecticut against allegations of neglect or abuse from DCF. We represent parents from the initial contact of a DCF investigation, through the filing of neglect petitions, termination of parental rights petitions, the substantiation and central registry hearing in front of a DCF officer, all the way through to the conclusion of the matter. We also represent grandparents during the DCF process. We help exercise their right to gain temporary or permanent custody of their grandchildren when the parents are deemed "unfit."
We have handled a number of DCF cases for our past clients, having over 35 years of combined experience to defending parents from DCF allegations. Our attorneys understand the extremely high stakes in these matters, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you have someone looking out for your rights at each step of the proceedings.
If you are being investigated, time is of the essence — you can cause yourself significant harm if you fail to reach out to an experienced DCF defense attorney. You can learn about some of the things that you can do to prepare yourself for the process, but you should also consult a lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out to our firm, the sooner we can begin preparing a plan of action that will improve your chances of success.
Do Not Take DCF Investigations Lightly. The Future Of Your Family Is At Stake.
For additional information about your DCF investigations, orders of temporary custody, neglect petitions, termination of parental rights, and child protection matters, please call 860-956-5693 (locally) or toll free at 866-676-0364 or contact us online. We have offices conveniently located in Brookfield and Hartford.