Dependency Case Representation
Macon Dependency Case Lawyer
Dependency Case Representation in Macon, Warner Robins & Central Georgia
In Georgia, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is responsible for protecting children who have suffered child abuse or neglect from their parents or guardians. Where allegations of this are made, the DFCS has the right to remove the children from the abusive or neglectful home and into the custody of the state. However, for this to occur, a dependency action in juvenile court must occur in which the allegations against the parents/guardians are proven.
If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect or are being investigated for such accusations by the DFCS, you need dedicated legal help. A dependency case can result in the termination of your parental rights. At The Law Office of Kyle Krejci, you can work with a Macon dependency case attorney who will help you navigate this crucial process from start to finish with strong advocacy. Kyle understands what is at stake, how the process works, and how to defend your parental rights and pursue your family’s best interests.
Under Georgia law, a child is determined to be “dependent” (formerly labeled “deprived”) in the following scenarios:
- The child is without proper care, control, subsistence, or education necessary for his/her physical, mental, or emotional health or morals
- The child has been placed for adoption or care in violation of the law
- The child lacks a parent, guardian, or legal custodian
- The child has been abandoned
Those who can file a petition to begin a dependency case include law enforcement, private citizens, and the DFCS. This means that other family members, such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles, can seek temporary custody of the child by filing a petition alleging abuse/neglect against the child’s parent(s). It also means that police officers, neighbors, school personnel, and others can make accusations against parents with the DFCS.
Kyle will carefully review the claims being made against you to determine their validity and prepare your case for court. Acting immediately when you are facing allegations of parental neglect/abuse is vital as these cases can move quickly towards a hearing in juvenile court. Having Kyle advocate for you at the initial hearing could result in the case being dropped due to the positive evidence presented.
Should you not prevail in the first hearing, several hearings may follow in which you need to further defend your parental rights. The end goal of dependency cases where a child has been placed under the protection of the state is the reunification of the family. A plan is generally designed by the court based on the specifics of the case involved and could include such actions as ordering a parent into drug rehab, mandatory parenting classes, or presenting proof of employment and housing.
Kyle understands the complexities of child dependency cases and the juvenile court system. He will work with you based on the specifics of your case with an unwavering effort dedicated to keeping your family together.
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