Relatives Rights in DCF Cases
In Connecticut, if you are a relative by blood or marriage of a child being abused or neglected, you have extensive legal options. You may even petition to become a guardian or caretaker of the child, especially if the parents of the child are under investigation by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for child abuse. There are certain time limitations as to when a relative can intervene, so do not wait to obtain counsel.
At Zaslow & Sandler, LLC, located in West Hartford, Connecticut, we have more than 30 years of combined legal experience representing grandmothers and grandfathers throughout Connecticut in DCF cases. If you are a relative of a child, either by blood or marriage, we can provide strong representation for you. We can explain your rights, options and how the law specifically applies in your case.
Advocating for Rights of Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Other Relatives
We strongly believe that caring relatives are often the best guardians for children who are victimized by child abuse or neglect. Our primary objective is to assist grandparents, aunts, uncles, blood relatives or relatives by marriage, in petitioning for caretaker status, and to help ensure children are kept out of foster care and placed in a loving environment during this emotionally turbulent time.
If a parent is under investigation for abuse or neglect, the DCF may notify blood relatives or relatives of the decision to remove the child from the home. Relatives, such as grandparents, aunts or uncles, can often gain temporary custody of the child during the investigation and petition to maintain custody if the circumstances warrant.
Attorney Scott Sandler has been practicing law since 1995, with a focus on child protection cases. He will provide you with the experienced and informative counsel you will need to navigate the complicated DCF system and legal process. Rest assured, he will help you prepare a strong case and provide effective advocacy.
Contact West Hartford Child Protection Attorneys
For additional information about blood relatives and other relatives rights during the DCF process, please schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney at Zaslow & Sandler, LLC. Call (860) 956-5693 or (866) 676-0364 toll free. You may also contact us online.