Matters involving DCS (Department of Child Services)
At CRESS LAW GROUP PC, we also handle DCS matters. We are well versed in how to obtain evidence from DCS to determine exactly what the investigation was based on. We can ask that reports be removed, marked unsubstantiated, or otherwise determined in favor of our client.
If court intervention is necessary, we stand ready to present evidence and represent our clients at hearings in Child in Need of Services or CHINS proceedings. We are very successful in hearings and the vast majority of our cases have a favorable outcome. These are agency hearings, and we have been extremely successful in these matters.
DCS investigations and reports
People reporting a situation or certain conduct can call Department of Child Services. There are also individuals who are mandatory reporters, such as principals in schools, teachers, doctors, or therapists. When these people speak with a child, they are mandated to report certain signs of abuse or neglect.
DCS investigations and reports matters result in an investigation. Investigations can be substantiated or unsubstantiated. People may be indicated in a report, and they may be charged with neglect. Often, people are the subject of DCS reports that are founded on evidence. These reports, at times, do not rise to the level of neglect. Nevertheless, no one wants to be in the state’s central registry as the subject of an indicated child protective service report.
Defending our clients’ rights
Such reports are in the registry for years. Reports greatly affect that person’s ability to work in certain federal and state agencies, and/or as a teacher or daycare provider. Moreover, many people find it personally offensive and an affront to their obvious abilities as a parent and the love for their child.
Contact a Steuben County DCS lawyer at our law firm for help with your case!