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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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Mother of Child in DCF Abuse Case Planning to Sue

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


The birth mother of a baby boy in the center of a Department of Children and Families investigation is planning to sue the state agency.

Source: Mother of Child in DCF Abuse Case Planning to Sue | NBC Connecticut

Email me or call (203) 259-5251 if you would like … Read More »

New Connecticut Restraining Order Law Affecting Guns

Posted in Domestic Violence, on October 1st, 2016

A new law restricting gun ownership for people targeted by temporary restraining orders will take effect Saturday in Connecticut.

After reviewing the Application for a Restraining Order the judge can order that the Respondent surrender all firearms. A hearing must then be held within seven days where the judge can … Read More »

Protective Supervision

Posted in DCF and Juvenile Court, on September 30th, 2016

Protective Supervision is one the options a Connecticut Juvenile Court judge has after making a finding of neglect. The neglect finding is made wither when a parent pleads “no contest” or after a full trial on the allegations in the DCF Neglect Petition. If there is no finding of neglect, … Read More »

Uber Car Accident

Posted in Car Accidents, on September 28th, 2016

Need a ride?

In the past, most folks would call a cab or phone a friend. Now they whip out their Smart Phone and hit the Uber app. Within a few minutes, a vehicle whisks them away to a destination near or far.

Unfortunately, with the increase in Uber traffic … Read More »

Sue Connecticut DCF

Posted in DCF in CT, on August 26th, 2016

The ability to sue Connecticut DCF may be just a little easier now. Or at least the claim will be processed faster.

DCF as a state agency is generally immune from liability and from lawsuits. Therefore, a person or family injured or damaged by DCF must request permission from the … Read More »

Joint Legal Custody

Posted in Custody, on August 23rd, 2016

Joint legal custody in Connecticut is about decision making. Ordinarily, it gives both parents equal rights to make major decisions for their children. This is the usual arrangement but there are instances when joint legal custody is not in the child’s best interest.

So what is a “major” decision? Joint … Read More »

Connecticut Shared Custody

Posted in Custody, on August 21st, 2016

Connecticut shared custody of children is more and more common in the Family Court. And greatly involving both parents in the life of children is always optimal. But not every custody case is appropriate for a shared custody arrangement.

Here’s a logical way to analyze whether shared custody is right … Read More »

Connecticut Immediate Temporary Custody

Posted in Probate, on July 20th, 2016

Immediate Temporary Custody in Connecticut can be granted to a non-relative in Probate Court if certain conditions exist. There are several different scenarios in which a Probate Court can grant Immediate Temporary Custody. However, as a practical matter, it almost involves a situation where the child is not in the … Read More »

Connecticut DCF Administrative Hearings

Posted in DCF in CT, on July 17th, 2016

DCF Administrative Hearings are the way to contest a DCF decision. This hearing should be requested after an unsuccessful DCF Internal Review or other failed negotiations with DCF.

Essentially, a DCF Administrative Hearing is an appeal when a parent or other individual disagrees with a DCF Substantiation, Central Registry placement … Read More »