Finding Effective Ways to Deal with CPS Investigations

Parents and caregivers sometimes find themselves in the middle of a CPS investigation with no clue about where to turn, who to talk to, or what their rights may be. At Connolly & Shireman, LLP our attorneys frequently deal with CPS (formally known as Department of Family and Protective Services or DFPS) at all levels of investigation. Below are a few descriptions of the effectiveness of Connolly & Shireman, LLP in preventing CPS investigations from damaging or destroying people’s lives. Our attorneys have:

Successfully reversed reason to believe findings against a gymnastics business after CPS found child neglect in their investigation;

Successfully reversed reason to believe findings against a day care after CPS found child neglect in their investigation;

Successfully reversed reason to believed findings against parents in several cases because CPS had no evidence that either parent injured or neglected a child;

Successfully reversed reason to believed findings against a mother because CPS had no evidence that mother injured or neglected a child;

Successfully reversed reason to believed findings against a father because CPS had no evidence that father injured or neglected a child;

Successfully overturned a reason to believe finding affecting Client employment;

Successfully reversed a reason to believe finding against a parent for neglectful supervision;

Successfully challenged CPS authority to investigate and overturned a reason to believe finding resulting in administrative closure;

Successfully challenged several inadequate, sloppy, biased or incomplete investigations and conclusions that were not based upon any actual evidence;

Successfully headed off court cases and requests for conservatorship by CPS due to unfounded allegations of abuse or neglect or where there were other equally plausible explanations for child injuries;

Successfully established that an explanation provided by a parent was true and that resulting injuries were accidental;

Successfully established in more than one case that a parent’s report against another parent was false and fabricated in order to restrict the other parent’s access and possession;

Successfully overturned a reason to believe finding due to lack of evidence many years later where CPS could not prove that they had ever notified the parent of the finding;

Successfully established that a false report had been made against parents by a contractor resulting in criminal prosecution of the contractor;

Successfully turned a conservatorship case into a Participation in Services case and ultimately ended in case dismissal;

Successfully converted cases into joint conservatorship cases with CPS where children had special needs and parents were overwhelmed rather than negligent or neglectful.

 

If you, or someone you know, has been the subject of a CPS investigation and need help, contact one of our attorneys. Failure to act promptly can have devastating consequences, including job loss, restrictions on parental rights and placement on the State Child Abuse Registry. At Connolly & Shireman, LLP our attorneys keep up with changes in the law and advocate effectively against CPS on a regular basis.

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