Have you been accused of neglect or abuse? Has a social worker from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or other child protective organizations tried to have your children removed? If so you need a DCFS Attorney to defend you in juvenile dependency court. At RepresentYou, we can offer you trial tested DCFS lawyers in Los Angeles. Our lawyers may be able to help defend you in your DCFS court case.
If the Department of Children and Family Services is trying to take you children away you should have the best DCFS defense lawyer you can possibly find. If you’re looking for a juvenile dependency lawyer in Los Angeles, you have come to the right place. RepresentYou can offer you some of the best Los Angeles DCFS defense dependency lawyers. If you have been fighting with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), you may want to enlist the help of an experienced lawyer.
Reasons for Contacting us
- Get your children out of the system
- Get your children out of foster care
- Resolve all your issues with DCFS
- Accused of child abuse
- Find a DCFS lawyer to fight for you at Monterey Park
- Get your children back
- Fight DCFS
- Fight a false accusation
Juvenile Dependency Lawyer Los Angeles
If you have been accused of anything above or need a lawyer to fight DCFS, you need to find the best dependency attorney in Los Angeles. At RepresentYou, we can offer lawyers who have years of experience fighting in the Monterey Park courthouse against DCFS in juvenile dependency court. We offer lawyers who have a minimum of 20 years of experience fighting in juvenile dependency court against the Department of Children and Family Services DCFS lawyers in Los Angeles. Child Protective services in Los Angeles often makes many mistakes and your Juvenile Dependency Lawyer may have the ability to resolve your legal matter quickly and get your children out of the system or foster care.
Have You Been Accused of the Following?
- Serious Physical Harm by Parent or Guardian [WIC Section 300(a)]
- Failure to Adequately Supervise, Protect, or Provide for Child [WIC Section 300(b)]
- Serious Emotional Damage [WIC Section 300(c)]
- Sexual Abuse [WIC Section 300(d)]
- Severe Physical Abuse of Young Child [WIC Section 300(e)]
- Causing the Death of Another Child by Neglect or Abuse [WIC Section 300(f)]
- Child Left Without Provision for Support or Voluntarily Surrendered [Section 300(g)]
- Termination of Parental Rights or No Adoption Petition [WIC Section 300(h)]
- Acts of Cruelty [WIC Section 300(i)]
- Abuse or Neglect of Sibling [WIC Section 300(j)]
Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court Monterey Park Courthouse
Understanding the legal issues involved with a child in the public child welfare system can help relatives through the adoption process. This section provides an overview of the dependency hearings that take place after an allegation of child abuse or neglect is investigated and substantiated by DCFS. It also discusses legal aspects related specifically to adoption.
Relatives are a preferred placement and, as such, shall be considered first for all children who are in need of out-of-home-care services. Family Code Section 8710 states, “Where a child is being considered for adoption, the department or licensed adoption agency shall first consider adoptive placement in the home of a relative…”
If the petition is found true, this leads to a disposition hearing, at which the child will be declared a dependent of the juvenile court. It is here that concurrent planning services are written into the case plan. After disposition, the status review hearings let the court know how the case plan is progressing.
The 366.26 hearing takes place 120 days after Family Reunification services end. Here the court approves a permanent plan. The court may also order termination of parental rights (TPR) at this hearing. The adoption finalization hearing occurs after the court has ordered termination of parental rights and a series of legal and social work requirements have been met. After TPR, certain requirements have to be met prior to signing adoption placement papers. The family must have an approved adoption homestudy and the State has to acknowledge that parental rights were terminated.
Legal changes related to the amount of time reunification services are offered to birth parents mean significant changes in the way child welfare and adoptions services are provided. Under Concurrent Planning, DCFS is required to have both a parent reunification and a “back-up” permanent plan if reunification fails. Thus, the goal of DCFS is to develop prospective adoptive families as Permanency Planning Families to facilitate reunification between children and birth parents, while at the same time, being committed to providing a permanent home for children if reunification fails.
Other changes in the law include earlier assessment of children for adoption and the possibility of creating a voluntary Post Adoption Contact Agreement. This agreement allows the adoptive family to work out guidelines with relatives regarding visitation, contact, or the sharing of information about the child after the adoption finalizes.
Understanding the Dependency Process:
Court Hearing from Petition to Adoption Finalization
Most of the children adopted through DCFS are dependents of the juvenile court who entered the public child welfare system as a result of suspected child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment. Being familiar with the sequence and function of court hearings can help families see the child’s situation in the context of the bigger legal picture. This helps in understanding and developing realistic expectations about the adoption process.
This section provides an overview of the child dependency process and includes information about legal mandates that specifically affect adoptions as stated below:
“The purpose of the juvenile court is to secure for each minor under its jurisdiction such care and guidance, preferably in his own home, as will serve the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical welfare of the minor and the best interests of the State; to preserve and strengthen the minor’s family ties whenever possible, removing him from the custody of his parents only when necessary for his welfare or for the safety and protection of the public; and, when the minor is removed from his own family, to secure him custody, care and discipline as nearly as possible equivalent to that which should have been given by his parents”
Source: CaliforniaWelfare and Institute Code, Section 202
Accused of Child Abuse
If you or a loved one have been accused of child abuse (right or wrong) you may want to contact a Los Angeles DCFS Attorney. Our lawyers have experience fighting against child protective services at the Monterey Park court house and against social workers who can lie about your case. If you need to defend yourself, you need a lawyer who has years of experience in the area of juvenile dependency law. If you need a criminal lawyer we may also help you find a lawyer to represent you in criminal court as well.
At RepresentYou, we hold our family law attorneys who specialize in Juvenile to very high standards to make sure you get the highest quality representation you. All of our lawyers have a minimum of two decades of expertise practicing family law, malpractice insurance, and no record of disciplinary action from the State Bar of California or any other bar association. We also grade our lawyers internally through client surveys and take any complaints or disputes extremely seriously.
Find a Los Angeles DCFS Lawyer
RepresentYou has broadened its services to offer lawyers in several different areas of family law we provide: Adoption lawyers, child custody lawyers, child Support lawyers, divorce lawyers and lawyers in other family law areas.
If it is best that a family law attorney handle your case, RepresentYou can arrange a free initial consultation with a lawyer in your area to discuss possible action. After this initial consultation, it is at your and your lawyer’s discretion whether or not to further pursue your family law case together.
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