Lawsuits Against Connecticut DCF for Injury or Abuse
The whole purpose of foster care is to provide children with a safe haven. If a child is injured through negligence or abuse in a foster home, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) may be found liable.
You may be able to file a lawsuit on behalf of children who suffered serious injury or emotional trauma after being placed by DCF with a foster family, in a group home or in a residential facility. I can determine if the DCF deviated from its own protocols in licensing the foster parents or the facility or monitoring the well-being of the child.
Contact me to explore possible lawsuits against DCF. I practice throughout the State of Connecticut.
Fairfield Foster Care Injury Lawyer
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has a duty to screen foster parents carefully before granting a license to take in foster children. The agency should conduct site visits to ensure that the foster home, residential facility or other DCF placement is “child-proofed” for young children and otherwise safe and stable. Lastly, the DCF has a duty to intervene if there are reports or indications that a foster kid’s welfare is at risk.
I can review your potential suit for serious injury, physical abuse, sexual abuse or severe neglect of a child in foster care. Monetary damages, such as compensation for medical care, psychological counseling, and pain and suffering, are awarded in the name of the child.
As a state agency, the DCF has limited immunity from lawsuits. We must get permission to bring lawsuits against DCF through the State Claims Commission. You must have legal standing as the natural parent or court-appointed guardian for the child. I can help a grandparent, adult sibling or other advocate obtain legal guardianship.
Connecticut Department of Children and Families Attorney
There is a one-year statute of limitations on filing suit against DCF. There are no attorney fees unless I take your case and win damages from a settlement or at trial.