When a third party is concerned that a parent is unfit or unable to care for their child, that concerned party can file a Dependency action. Often, it is the Department of Child Safety (DCS) who steps in to investigate and intervene. If DCS finds cause, they may petition to remove the child or children from the custody of the parents temporarily or permanently.
During a temporary removal, DCS will hold a Team Decision Making Meeting, which is an opportunity for parents and DCS to discuss concerns, issues and potential services to help retain custody. Parents are entitled to retain and have an attorney present during this and any other meetings with DCS. At Valley of the Sun Law, we work with parents to understand the demands being made by DCS and what they need to do to comply with the expectations necessary to regain custody of their children.
- Parents inability to parent
- Substance issues / Drug violations
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