Wilton DCF Investigations
Is DCF Investigating you for suspected child abuse or neglect? For help protecting your family during a Wilton DCF investigation, contact a top defense attorney today.
When Does DCF Launch an Investigation?
DCF is required by state law to launch an investigation whenever the department receives a report that a child may be neglected or abused. That report could come anonymously through an agency hotline or from a mandated reporter.
Who are Mandated Reporters in CT?
Mandated reporters are professionals who work with children on a regular basis, such as teachers, doctors, and therapists. These individuals are legally obligated to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect. Failure to report could result in criminal liability, so many prefer to err on the side of caution.
Police are mandated reporters, so if they encounter a situation in which a child could conceivably be placed in danger, they often must file a report that triggers a DCF investigation. An incident such as a domestic dispute or a traffic stop that reveals children are not riding in legally required car seats could lead to criminal charges as well as a Wilton DCF investigation.
Should I Cooperate with DCF Investigators?
Some people are tempted to avoid DCF investigators or refuse to allow them to tour the home or interview children. While it is a good idea to be wary around investigators, being rude or completely uncooperative can give the impression your family has something to hide.
However, it is perfectly acceptable to ask an investigator to return at a more convenient time when an attorney can be present. It is always a good idea to consult a lawyer before making statements to DCF. Any information you share with Wilton DCF investigators could potentially be used against you in the future.
Should I Sign a Service Agreement or Safety Plan?
Safety plans or service agreements are legally binding contracts, so it is essential to understand the commitment involved before signing. A violation of any part of the agreement could be used as evidence to show that your home environment is not safe. In addition, breaching the terms of a service agreement could give DCF the right to take action your family. A knowledgeable DCF attorney can help you understand the contents of a safety plan before you sign it.
Call a Wilton Attorney for Help During DCF Investigations
DCF investigations can vary in intensity. If an investigator finds evidence to support allegations of abuse or neglect, the investigator will report the findings, and DCF may issue a report substantiating the accusations. The agency may also recommend placement on the Central Registry of child abuse.
When DCF substantiates a report of abuse or neglect, there is a right to an appeal, but the individual must take appropriate and time-sensitive action to do so. An attorney could assist at any stage in Wilton DCF investigations, including appeals of substantiation findings. Check out what our past clients have to say about working with us here, and then call Mark Sherman Law today for help with your case.