DCF Investigations in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), formerly known as the Department of Social Services (DSS), is the state agency tasked with responding to reports of child neglect and abuse in MA. If you are a parent who has been charged with a criminal offense or accused of abuse/neglect, DCF may have commenced an investigation of the situation to determine whether to initiate or continue DCF involvement with your family.
Generally speaking, DCF investigations are initiated when the department receives and screens-in a report of suspected abuse and/or neglect. The Massachusetts DCF will then assign a social worker, also referred to as a “51 B Investigator,” to the case. If the social worker finds that there is reasonable cause to believe that abuse/neglect has occurred, DCF will send a letter notifying the parent/guardian that he or she has 30 days to request a Fair Hearing to appeal the determination. Following a Fair Hearing, families may be assigned an assessment worker.
The consequences of a DCF investigations can be severe for families - potentially resulting in criminal charges; jail time; removal of your children from your home/custody; limited or no visitation with your children; and termination of your rights as a parent/guardian. For this reason, it is very important for parents to obtain an experienced DCF Investigation Attorney as soon as possible.Massachusetts DCF Investigation Lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP
At Altman & Altman, LLP, we understand that being under investigation by DCF in Massachusetts is a confusing and frightening experience for the entire family. Our Greater Boston DCF Investigation Lawyers will stand by your side throughout the entire process and will defend you against any criminal charges stemming from the investigation. In addition, we will provide guidance on all questions asked during the course of a MA DCF investigation in order to help you navigate these difficult waters. Our attorneys will handle every aspect of your DCF Investigation, including:
- 51B Investigation
- Fair Hearing
- DCF Assessment
- Service Plan
- Child Custody
- 72 Hour Hearing
- Criminal Charges
At the Greater Boston Law Firm of Altman & Altman, LLP, we have been practicing criminal law for more than 40 years. Our experienced Massachusetts DCF Defense Lawyers know how to approach tight spots in which our clients may find themselves and will explore every legal avenue available in order to deliver legal representation of the highest quality.
If you are under investigation by DCF in Massachusetts, please Contact Us to speak with an attorney at Altman & Altman LLP. We will aggressively defend your rights and will provide direction related to your DCF investigation. At Altman & Altman, our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including evenings and weekends. In addition, all emails sent to the firm receive an immediate response. You can reach our outstanding and talented team around the clock by calling 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 or by Contacting Us Online. We offer free initial consultations and all of the information that you provide to us will be kept absolutely confidential.