Child Welfare Attorney in Brockton, MA
If your child has been removed from your home by the Department of Social Services (DSS), it is important for you to seek the counsel of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Attorney Andrew H.P. Norton's understanding of child welfare matters can help you stand up for your rights and possibly regain custody of your child or children.
Child welfare matters often start out when a 51A is initiated. This is the initial complaint of neglect or abuse, reported by a family member, teacher, neighbor, or other individual that is involved in your child's life. A 51A investigation is then started to determine the validity of the complaint.
In some instances, if the 51A is supported, DSS can either work with the family or they can remove the child and place him or her in the care of DSS. My firm works with families at every step in this process, whether or not the 51A has been supported. Regardless of the validity of the accusations, it is essential that a legal advisor be consulted to ensure the proper procedures and guidelines are followed by DSS.
Time is of the essence in child welfare matters.
If a child is removed from a home, a custody hearing must be held within 72 hours. My firm is able to represent you at these types of hearings. I can explain the process to you and what happens if, as a result of the custody hearing, the child is placed in the care of DSS.
Cases involving DSS are very serious. Do not wait to get in touch with a lawyer. If custody is awarded to DSS, it is possible for the department to petition for the termination of parental rights at some point in the future.
Contact child welfare lawyer Andrew H.P. Norton today to learn how my firm may be able to help you. A free initial consultation is offered.