The Five Most Frightening Words a Parent
"CPS Has Taken My Children."
When Child Protective Services (CPS/DFS) removes a child from your home, those
five words are difficult for any parent to have to say. Let your next step be
guided by our highly experience juvenile dependency attorneys, who will act quickly
toward regaining custody of your children when a social worker makes allegations
of parental abuse or neglect.
If your child or children were taken due to allegations of physical or sexual
abuse by Child Protective Services, an accusation has already been made against
you. This means social workers are preparing a court document called a Petition to remove YOU as the legal parent or guardian of your children.
In a juvenile dependency case, the courts could take jurisdiction over your family
due to neglect, physical abuse, sex abuse, or other allegations. Child Protective
Services (CPS) or Children and Family Services (CFS) can come unannounced to
your home and remove your children. Contacting an attorney immediately can have
a positive effect on the outcome of your case.
There is no question
that the very first steps that you can take as a parent will affect the entire
case and this is why contacting a juvenile attorney is extremely important and
must be the very first step that you take. Attorney
Carin Johnson will respond immediately to your call.
At The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson, we understand it can be overwhelming
to sort out all the legal issues during such an emotional time. This challenge
is the reason that you need to have an experienced juvenile dependency
on your side. If CPS or DFS is making their case against you, let us help
you make your case for keeping your family together.
Together, we will work toward two goals: protecting your child (they are undoubtedly
scared and confused) while simultaneously doing ALL that we can to protect your
rights as a parent and do whatever is necessary to keep your family together.
After an initial investigation, a social worker representing CPS or DFS can file
a petition in your child's name against you for parental abuse or neglect. If
you have still not yet spoken to an attorney at this point, contact us now.
Attorney Carin Johnson has practiced in the area of Juvenile Dependency for 17
years, and can advise you every step of the way.
If your child was taken, a social worker must either release your child (after
speaking with you) or file a petition with
the court within 48 hours. For the sake of your family, do not go before the
juvenile court without a juvenile dependency lawyer who has been there time and
again and helped families just like yours. Don't go it alone! Let our juvenile
dependency attorney give you the legal advice you need to protect your family.
As an interim step, juvenile dependency attorney Carin Johnson can request
that your child be released into the custody of another family member, such as
grandparents or close family friends. We will inquire immediately about this
option, and present a list of relatives and non-relative extended family members
who can care for your children.