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What Can I Do If I Am Being Investigated by the DCFS for Child Abuse?

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Arlington Heights, IL family law attorney DCFS investigation

Child abuse and neglect are serious problems in the United States. Sadly, it is estimated that almost 700,000 children are abused every year in the United States. However, an allegation of child abuse is not true simply because someone accuses a parent of abuse. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is the governmental agency tasked with investigating claims of child abuse in Illinois. If you are being investigated by the DCFS after being accused of mentally, physically, or sexually abusing your child, there are several things you should do.

Keep Calm and Comply with the Investigation

If you have been accused of hurting your own child, you may be offended and dismayed. You may be furious with the accuser or shocked that he or she would make such an allegation. However, it is important to keep your emotions under control. Lashing out at the person who accused you or at the DCFS staff will only make your situation worse. Comply with the DCFS’s investigation. An investigator may visit your home, interview you, and speak with your child’s doctor, teacher, relatives, or other adults in the child’s life. The DCFS’s job is to investigate the allegations and determine if there is evidence that suggests that the allegations are true.

Speak with an Attorney to Get Help Defending Yourself

If you know that the allegations are false, you may assume that you do not need an attorney. You may even think that getting a lawyer will make you appear guilty. Unfortunately, the DCFS and law enforcement have no way to know when an allegation of child abuse is unfounded. They must treat every allegation as if it were true. An accusation of child abuse can have major criminal and civil consequences, so always take these accusations seriously. Your attorney can advise you about how to handle the situation and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the investigation. Your attorney can also help you gather evidence that supports your innocence and/or demonstrates the accuser’s unreliability.

Contact an Arlington Heights, IL Parental Rights Lawyer

At the experienced law firm of A. Traub & Associates, we have seen the dramatic impact that false claims of child abuse can have on a family. For help with DCFS investigations and other family law matters, call our office today at 847-749-4182. Schedule a confidential consultation with a skilled and dedicated Arlington Heights, IL family law attorney from our firm today.

 

Source:
https://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/media-room/national-statistics-on-child-abuse/

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