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EYL141030-Handling DCF Investigations: Details, Pitfalls, and Practice Tips CLE
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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.

10/30/2014
When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: CBA Law Center
30 Bank St
New Britain, Connecticut  06051
United States
Contact: CBA Member Services
(860)223-4400


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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.         

Program Chairs:
Tara C. Dugo, Roberts Family Law, Darien
Kristen Wolf, Wolf & Shore LLC, Hamden

Speakers:  

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

Program Schedule:

8:30  Registration/Breakfast

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

10:45 Break

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
                      Non-member $225
                      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.