Termination of Parental Rights and Termination of Parental Rights Appeals
There is nothing more traumatizing to a parent than having their child taken from them; When the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) begins a legal process known as a TPR action, that is exactly what can happen. Our Attorneys and staff and has a history of defending the rights of parents that are subject to DCF actions.
What Are DCF Actions?
Connecticut has broad laws requiring that a report to be made to the DCF whenever there is suspicion of child abuse, child neglect, or abandonment. In fact, the failure to report such incidents may be a crime and schools, nurses, doctors, counselors are mandated reporters. The laws also protect the person reporting the incidents from liability, as long as the report is made in good faith. Good faith or not, errors and miscommunications happen.
Such laws are beneficial and necessary, far too often those reporting such incidents are erring on the side of caution and, as a result, end up report innocuous events.
The burden in a DCF investigation in a TPR case in Hartford, Tolland, New Britain or thought the state of Connecticut is often put on the accused to prove that there was no abuse. If the case is finalized, with negative consequences to the parents, our firm handles Termination of Parental Rights Appeals in the State of Connecticut Courts.
In some cases, DCF is called in falsely and this happens far too often during the course of a divorce, particularly because child abuse is not the only reason that a DCF action is initiated. Allegations of criminal conduct, such as the possession of marijuana or domestic violence, can result in an investigation by DCF and the removal of a child. This can happen even if the State of Connecticut does not ultimately file criminal charges or if the criminal case is dismissed.
Many people that become the subject of a DCF investigations and are often surprised to learn that DCF is entitled to keep the identity of the reporter confidential, which limits the ability to address possible motive, bias, or credibility issues.
The burden for DCF to remove a child from a parent is relatively low and may be based completely on hearsay or miscommunications. DCF often uses this leverage to pressure the accused to consent to a finding of dependency. Too often, parents do so without understanding their rights. Your child is important to you. Do not assume that you know the law or how the 'system' works. Our attorneys has helped hundreds of parents in TPR matters, Termination of Parental Rights Appeals in Connecticut and DCF issues.
Protect Your Right as a Parent
Once a report is made, in Connecticut DCF cases, the department of children and services will send an investigator to the home. That investigator has the authority to remove the child from the home and temporarily place that child in foster care or with a relative. Be represented by your own experienced TPR attorney. We have represented families in TPR cases in Enfield, Ellington, Canton, Rockville, Middletown, New Britain, Hartford, Stafford, West Harford, Glastonbury just to name a few...
If you are being prevented from seeing your child or a DCF investigator will be sent to your home, call without hesitation. Our firm has the knowledge and skills necessary to help you fight for your parental rights in a Connecticut DCF action.