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Family Law Attorney for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in Palatine and Mt. Prospect

Relationships between parents and children are important, and if these relationships are threatened, parents will want to do everything they can to ensure that their parental rights are protected. Accusations of child abuse or neglect are one issue that can cause a great deal of concern and fear for parents, and they can not only affect parent/child relationships, but they can also impact many other parts of a person's life.

If you have been accused of child neglect or abuse, it is crucial to work with an experienced family law attorney. At A. Traub & Associates, we are experienced in these types of cases, and we are familiar with the rules and procedures that are followed in child abuse investigations and the juvenile court system. We can help you understand your rights, your legal options, and the steps you should take to protect yourself.

DCFS Investigations

When a parent, family member, caretaker, or another person responsible for a child's welfare is suspected of child abuse or neglect, a report may be made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Child abuse involves any mistreatment of a child that results in injury or puts the child at risk of injury, and it may include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Child neglect involves a parent or caretaker's failure to provide for a child's needs, including food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and supervision.

When DCFS receives a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, it will perform an investigation. An investigator will typically visit and interview the child within 24 hours to determine whether the child is in immediate danger. In some cases, the investigator may request that the parents agree to a safety plan. This plan will include solutions intended to protect the child during the investigation. For instance, the parent accused of abuse or neglect may be required to leave the family home, or the child may be placed in the care of a family member or foster parent.

A DCFS investigation must be completed within 60 days, and during this time, the investigator may interview the child, the parents, and anyone else who may be involved, such as extended family members, teachers, childcare providers, doctors, or psychologists. When the investigation is finished, the accused parent will be notified of the findings. If the investigator finds credible evidence that neglect or abuse occurred, they will report an "indicated" finding. If no credible evidence of abuse or neglect is found, the report will state that the claims are "unfounded."

If a DCFS report finds that child abuse or neglect is indicated, this can have a significant impact on a person's parental rights. If the parents are divorced, unmarried, or separated, or if they are currently involved in the divorce process, the report will likely play a role in decisions about the allocation of parental responsibility and parenting time. The parent accused of child neglect or abuse may also face criminal charges for domestic violence, and they may be disqualified from working in certain careers or serving as a foster parent in the future.

Contact an Arlington Heights DCFS Lawyer

If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect and are being investigated by DCFS, you should contact our attorneys as soon as possible. We can help you understand the steps you should take when responding to an investigator, and we will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the course of the investigation. If a DCFS investigation results in an indicated finding, we can help you appeal this decision, and no matter what happens during your case, we will work to protect your relationship with your child.

To schedule a confidential consultation, call our office at 847-749-4182. We assist with family law cases in Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Palatine, Long Grove, Inverness, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Des Plaines, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, and throughout Northwest Cook County.

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