Dependency And Neglect Action
Accused Of Child Abuse In Jefferson County?
Few events are more difficult for parents than to have a child taken from their home. Yet, this is exactly what can happen when the Colorado Department of Human Services begins a legal process known as a dependency and neglect (D&N) action against you.
If you are ever contacted by social workers concerning alleged abuse or neglect of your children, our lawyers can defend you. Our lawyers represent parents in Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Arvada and other communities in the Denver metropolitan area.
What Is A Dependency And Neglect Action?
Teachers, doctors, nurses and child care workers are required to report suspected cases of abuse or neglect. However, anyone — neighbors, relatives and others — can voluntarily report a parent for child neglect or abuse. Even if the accusation is false, the reporter has immunity from prosecution if it was made in good faith.
Allegations of abuse and neglect are taken very seriously in Colorado. Once a report is made, the human services department (frequently called Social Services) may send caseworkers to your home. The caseworkers have the authority to remove your children from your home and temporarily place them in foster care or with a relative. Caseworkers can also begin a court action to terminate your parental rights and place your children up for adoption.
If the state determines that the allegation against you is founded, it can place you on the Colorado registry of child abusers. If you receive a letter saying your name is being placed in the registry, you should call an attorney right away.
Should I Talk To The Case Workers About The Allegations?
If at all possible, call our attorneys before you talk to the caseworkers. There may be both civil and criminal implications in these cases, so you need legal representation before you make statements.