Handling DCF Investigations: Details, Pitfalls, and Practice Tips
Presented by the Young Lawyers Section, Child Welfare & Juvenile Law Committee
Seminar Code: EYL141030
CLE Credit: 4.0 Hours: 3.5 Areas of Professional Practice; 0.5 Ethics
About the Program: This program prepares attorneys to handle DCF investigations of parents and guardians, with a view towards avoiding substantiations or Juvenile Court petitions if possible. It explains the differences between DCF matters and criminal or family matters, and discusses numerous pitfalls for the unwary. Detailed and specific practice tips are offered for both the experienced practitioner, and those new to the area.
Who Should Attend: Attorneys who do or may encounter adult clients involved with DCF; whether directly, or in the course of criminal or family matters. Paralegals who assist attorneys in the various details involved in DCF matters.
You will learn:
- The specific consequences that may result from DCF investigations: substantiation; registry; open case; court petition; commitment; termination of parental rights.
- The rights of parents and guardians in DCF matters, and how and why these differ from rights in family court and criminal court.
- Specific steps for lawyers and paralegals to take in DCF investigations, including how to avoid pitfalls likely to be encountered, and methods to successfully negotiate these.
Tara C. Dugo, Roberts Family Law, Darien
Kristen Wolf, Wolf & Shore LLC, Hamden
Michael H. Agranoff, Law Offices of M.H. Agranoff, Ellington
Jessica L. Audet, Law Offices of M. H. Agranoff, Ellington
Karen A. Thibodeau, Paralegal, Law Offices of M.H. Agranoff, Ellington
9:00 The origins of DCF
9:15 Implications for your client: Administratively, and in Juvenile Court
9:45 What is a DCF investigation
10:15 Due process rights of parents and guardians in DCF matters
11:00 Practice Tips for DCF Investigations
11:45 How paralegals can and do help in investigations
12:15 Ethical considerations
12:45 Additional Considerations & Questions
1:00 Program Ends
Event Cost: Member $145
Law/Paralegal Student $75 (as space is available)
** CLE materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been received.
The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. Financial hardship information available upon request.