Divorce & Family Law in Connecticut

Divorce & Family Law Connecticut - Dori Ellen Feltman Attorney at Law

What To Do If DCF Knocks On My Door

The involvement of DCF (The Department of Children and Family Services) https://portal.ct.gov/dcf in your family can come about as a result of many different scenarios, including (1) you and your spouse being involved in a domestic violence incident when your child is home; (2) a therapist, teacher, coach or other mandated reporter contacts DCF as a result of something your child reported; or (3) your child being reported as truant by the school.  If a DCF caseworker contacts you by phone or comes to your home, it’s important to know your rights!

What are my rights if DCF contacts me?

  1. You have the right to have a third person present when your child is interviewed by a DCF caseworker and when you are interviewed as well. That third person can be your attorney.
  2. You have the right to say “no” when the DCF caseworker asks you to sign authorizations allowing DCF to secure records from the school, a therapist or your child’s pediatrician.
  3. You have the right to secure a copy of the DCF caseworker’s file when the investigation is concluded.
  4. You have a right to appeal the “substantiation” of an abuse or neglect finding.

A DCF investigation can be stressful and may result in ongoing involvement with your family.  Contact your attorney as soon as you are notified that a report has been made to DCF so that you can get the best guidance for your particular situation.