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Teen Killed On Route 8 Was DCF Ward; 3rd Foster Child To Die in December

Posted in DCF in CT, on December 30th, 2016

The state Office of the Child Advocate has begun an investigation into the death of 14-year-old Michael Shore, who was struck and killed by passing vehicles after he got out of a car driven by his foster mother on Route 8 in Naugatuck Dec. 22.

He is the third foster-care … Read More »


Auto Accident Involving Cellphone Yields $1.3M Settlement

Posted in Car Accidents, on December 29th, 2016

An auto accident involving cellphone use has been settled.

Here is a summary: A Connecticut couple severely injured when their car was struck from behind by a distracted driver have agreed to a $1.3 million settlement, though the parties remain in dispute as to how significantly one driver’s cellphone figured … Read More »


Bridgeport Hospitals See Spike in Pedestrian Accidents

Posted in Pedestrian Accidents, on December 21st, 2016

BRIDGEPORT — Between Tuesday and Wednesday, three patients wound up in Bridgeport Hospital’s emergency room after getting hit by cars while crossing the street. Over the past few months, Bridgeport Hospital has averaged about 10 accidents a month in which walkers or cyclists were struck by cars, said Dr. Shea … Read More »


DCF Foster Care Has Unhappy Ending For Many Children

Posted in DCF in CT, on December 21st, 2016

At least half of the aged-out youth rely on public assistance, one in five leaves the foster care system without a high school diploma and only 11 percent go on to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree. DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, who participated in a youth forum Thursday at the … Read More »


Stamford Pit Bull Attack

Posted in Personal Injury, on November 16th, 2016

Here is a summary from a recent case from Stamford Court regarding a Stamford pit bull attack.

The plaintiff was walking her dog at a park. A pit bull jumped out of a car and jumped on the victim. She went to hospital with broken bones. Eventually, she needed hip … Read More »


Summons Family Actions

Posted in Divorce, on November 14th, 2016

Were you just served with a document called Summons Family Actions? This is also known a divorce summons. Its the first page of the paperwork needed to start a case in Connecticut Family Court.

The Summons directs a process server, usually a State Marshal, to notify someone that their spouse … Read More »


Attorneys See Rise Pet Custody Disputes | Connecticut Law Tribune

Posted in Pet Law, on November 3rd, 2016

Whether its part of a divorce or a separate civil lawsuit pet custody disputes are on the rise.

In the article below, you can see my interview quotes on this topic published in the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Source: Pets and Courts: Attorneys See Rise in Animal Advocacy, Pet Custody Disputes … Read More »


Uncared for Special Needs – DCF Custody for Care

Posted in DCF in CT, on November 2nd, 2016

An Uncared for Special Needs Petition focuses on the child’s behaviors rather than the parent’s conduct. Therefore, it is more gentle DCF approach in the Juvenile Court than a filing a Neglect Petition against parents. But the ultimate outcome is often the same – Committment of the child to DCF … Read More »


Connecticut Juvenile Detention

Posted in Juvenile Court, on October 28th, 2016

Revisions to Connecticut Juvenile Detention law will take effect on January 1, 2017. This is good news for juvenile justice advocates who long argued for reform.

Here is a brief summary:

No child may be detained after a hearing unless the court determines that:

(A) there is probable cause to … Read More »


DCF Negligence 1-Year Old Child Abused – Nearly Starved to Death

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

Safe in foster care?

A scathing 73-page report charts severe negligence and failure on the part of DCF, which nearly killed little “Dylan C,” the report says.

Source: 1-Year-Old Child Abused and Nearly Starved to Death, but State Department of Children and Families Did Nothing: Report – Durham, CT Patch

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