Child Welfare Law
Please call me for advice on the following matters:
- Delinquency: The area of criminal law applicable to persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. In most states, the age for criminal culpability is set at 18 years.
- Abuse or Neglect: Child abuse and neglect are defined by Federal and State laws. In Vermont allegations of abuse or neglect can be brought in criminal court, family court or both.
- DCF Investigations and Substantiations: DCF and or law enforcement officers may be required to investigate reports of child abuse and neglect and determine if action is necessary to protect children.
- Human Services Board Appeals:If a state agency has made a decision against you, you may be able to seek review of that decision through a Human Service Board appeal.
- DCF Record Requests: Help obtaining records created or maintained by the Department.
- Termination of Parental Rights: The process by which a parent’s rights to his or her child are legally and permanently terminated, after which the child becomes eligible for adoption.
- Foster Care licensing: Licensing for a group home or private home of a state-certified caregiver.
- Grandparents Rights: A legal right which grandparents in some jurisdictions may have to court-ordered contact (or visitation) with their grandchildren.
- Education Law: Federal & State Law governs the rights of children and parents in educational settings including rights regarding disability and access to education, rights related to discipline and bullying, and rights relating to access to records.