By law, a “dependent” is a person who is under the care and support of an adult and “dependency law” is the branch of law that oversees how to protect a child that is found in a dangerous situation. These situations can be those of abuse or neglect, drug use, or a child’s abandonment by a parent.
Dependency Court is vastly different from other court proceedings and those differences can make the system seem even more daunting. But no matter what role you play in a child’s life, everyone involved in a dependency case has the same goal in mind: the long-term safety, health, and wellness of the child or children involved. This goal is most easily achieved when everyone working within the system coordinates and acts together.
From a coach or teacher who first notices potential problems to the social workers tasked with helping those who unexpectedly find young children in their care, dependency matters touch upon a vast array of experiences and needs.
Life throws us unexpected challenges and unfortunately, there may be unforeseen events that prevent one or both parents from being able to provide the proper care for their child or children. When you find yourself in a situation where your child or children have been taken by DCS, you should immediately hire an experienced lawyer who focuses on juvenile dependency law.
Child Welfare Law, which includes dependency law, covers many different areas such as: custody matters, foster care, visitation rights, adoption, and more.
Having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your team may help prevent your child from being removed from your custody. Sometimes the best solution for everyone is a temporary foster care situation, and we can help facilitate this for you and your family. It is vital to retain a seasoned attorney to help your family fight for the best possible resolution to your case. Please contact us if you or someone you love is fighting for a child – we can help.
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