We realize that there is little, if anything, more frightening than the prospect of having your children taken away from you.
Child abuse and neglect cases most often begin with a phone call to the Child Protective Services hotline. CPS then has sixty days to conduct an investigation and find that the allegations of child abuse or neglect are “indicated” (credible) or “unfounded” (not credible). If the report is “indicated,” in addition to facing potential criminal charges, the Department of Social Services in the county you live in can also begin a case in Family Court to remove and/or protect the child. If the Court finds that you abused or neglected your child, the Court can place you under supervision and have services put in place in your home or, if the Court does not believe you can properly care for the child, place the child in foster care.
Absent certain circumstances, if your child is removed from your care at any point during the case, the Department of Social Services has a duty to make reasonable efforts to return the child to you. We provide services in Family Courts in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. Contact our Latham abuse and neglect attorneys today, and let us lead your fight to keep your children or have them returned home.