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Parents, Could This Happen To You?

 

Parents, could this happen to you?

– Your spouse and you have a non physical shouting match so loud that your neighbor calls the police…

– Your ex spouse who has custody of your child has a ‘mild ‘drug or drinking problem…

– You left your kid in the car (and it’s a cool night) while you shopped in the supermarket for 45 minutes. (How many of you had parents that did that years ago?…)

– Your child makes a false accusation because they are angry with you…

– Your soon to be ex spouse falsely accuses you of child neglect to obtain an advantage in a custody battle…

– How about just wanting to home school your exceptional child???

– You, like a growing number of parents, have bought into the research that suggests that vaccinations are very detrimental to child development, and therefore you have decided to not vaccinate your child to protect them…

DCF (Department of Children and Families) may suddenly come unannounced to knock on your door to investigate you. Some people, like doctors, teachers, and police, are mandatory reporters, which means they are supposed to report you in certain situations, even when they would rather not. It’s not always the obvious things that cause an investigation for abuse or neglect. Who would think that home schooling or protecting your chld from bad vaccines could be a cause of an investigation?

If you are an open book because you have nothing to hide, maybe you just feel violated…or maybe DCF finds more of a reason to stay in your family’s life…

If you don’t cooperate out of a sense of protecting your rights and/or because you are angry that this investigator has marched into your life….maybe they file a court case against you that causes you to miss work and answer to possibly baseless accusations…

Maybe DCF does not file a court case but they find there is enough to substantiate you, which means they have internally decided that some kind of neglect, and then they simply close their file. Then you wonder why someone won’t allow you to be a coach or a teacher’s aide…because you were tagged by DCF with a scarlett letter…

IF SOMEONE FROM THE CT DEPT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES INVADES YOUR LIFE OR THE LIFE OF A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND, YOU/THEY DON’T HAVE TO TALK WITH THEM…BUT DON’T IGNORE THEM AND THE SITUATION. CALL AN ATTORNEY FAMILIAR WITH DCF/JUVENILE MATTERS.

Sometimes there is a great reason why DCF is in your life, sometimes there is not. Sometimes they had to be involved but they have gone too far, or not done enough. Every situation is different. DCF has a tough and and noble job – to protect children. Just as you would expect, sometimes a child is protected in a stellar way, and other times, like all people, DCF employees makes mistakes.

Attorney Albert Unger represents children and parents in Connecticut enduring DCF investigations and those that are in Court due to an allegation of neglect or abuse. (c) 2008 Albert Unger Esq.

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