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Abandonment Termination of Parental Rights

Posted in Adoption, on May 30th, 2016

Abandonment is the most common ground to terminate parental rights (TPR) in Connecticut.

If a parent is filing the TPR it starts in the Probate Court. If DCF is involved, the TPR is filed in the local Juvenile Court. Whenever a TPR is filed, the Probate Court or Juvenile will … Read More »


Connecticut Emergency Custody

Posted in Custody, on May 18th, 2016

Filing for Connecticut Emergency Custody is necessary when a child needs immediate protection. Fortunately, there is a process to get a court order right away, without a hearing, to make sure the child is safe. This is called an ex parte order.

This is how it works:

Complete an Affidavit. … Read More »


DCF License Hearings

Posted in DCF in CT, on May 16th, 2016

DCF License Hearings are Administrative Hearings where a child care facility such as a foster home, adoptive home, group home has the opportunity to appeal DCF’s decision to deny an application to become licensed. A License Hearing also includes a challenge to limit, suspend, revoke or refusal to renew a … Read More »


Increase Connecticut Alimony

Posted in Alimony, on March 6th, 2016

Increase Connecticut Alimony? Yes it can happen. Alimony orders can be modified unless the divorce decree specifically precludes modification. Some Separation Agreements provide that the amount can be modified but the term (length of time to pay alimony) cannot be extended. Other times there is no language at all about … Read More »


DCF Emotional Neglect

Posted in DCF in CT, on February 29th, 2016

DCF Emotional Neglect is defined as the denial of of proper care and attention to the children emotionally and/or morally by a person responsible for the child’s care that may result in the child’s maladaptive functioning.

This the definition in the DCF Policy Manual and it is pretty confusing.

For … Read More »


Child cannot challenge DCF Central Registry decision

Posted in DCF in CT, on January 28th, 2016

A child victim lacks standing to challenge a Hearing Officer’s decision removing their alleged abuser’s name from the DCF Central Registry. In other words, an adult can appeal a Substantiation or Central Registry decision but not the child who is the subject of the DCF Investigation.

Read the case here:

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Connecticut DCF Medical Neglect

Posted in DCF in CT, on December 16th, 2015

Medical Neglect Investigations almost always start with either a pediatrician or a doctor at a hospital making a referral to DCF. These referrals usually involve allegations that either:

A parent is refusing to authorize medically indicated treatment for their child; or A parent has missed a series of medical, dental … Read More »


Risk of Injury – Connecticut DCF Investigations

Posted in DCF in CT, on December 15th, 2015

When a parent of guardian is arrested for Risk of Injury to a Minor in Connecticut a trip to criminal court is usually only the beginning. In most cases, DCF will also soon be involved.

Law enforcement officials are all mandated reporters. They must notify DCF when they have “reasonable … Read More »


Connecticut School Expulsion Hearings

Posted in Uncategorized, on December 6th, 2015

Connecticut school expulsion hearings are required for students who allegedly:

Had a gun or other dangerous weapon on school grounds or at school related activity Used a gun or other dangerous weapon off school grounds Sold or attempted to sell drugs whether on or off school grounds.

A student may … Read More »


Connecticut Educational Neglect

Posted in DCF in CT, on November 22nd, 2015

Connecticut Educational Neglect Investigations usually starts with the school or other local education agency referring the case to DCF by filing a form 136.

The 136 will include the following:

Specific dates of unexcused absences The efforts made by the school to address the child’s attendance such as scheduling conferences … Read More »