B05 – What to do When DCF Knocks: How to Address DCF Involvement in Your Family Case (2023CLC-B05)

Monday, June 5, 2023

10:15 AM to 12:15 PM

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Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

This program will address how DCF (Connecticut Department of Children and Families) involvement can impact custody and access aspects of a family case.  The presentation will cover how to advise clients when a DCF investigation has commenced; obtaining, using, and admitting DCF records into evidence; the effect a safety plan has; and the authority of DCF to remove children from a home.

You Will Learn

How to assess and influence the impact DCF involvement may have on a family case
How to obtain and use records created by DCF and advise clients as to how to respond to a DCF investigation, along with possible outcomes

Who Should Attend

Attorneys who may represent clients with DCF involvement.

CLE Credit

CT: 2.0 CLE Credits (General)
NY: 2.0 CLE Credits (AOP)

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for newly admitted and experienced attorneys CLE credits. 

Attorneys seeking NY CLE credit who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less must attend the live seminar for skills or ethics credit, a fully interactive videoconference, or simultaneous transmission with synchronous interactivity. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credits are only available as non-transitional credits. For further information please see the NYCourts.gov page on CLE: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/index.shtml.


Alex Puzone photo1 Alexander J. Puzone
The Children's Law Center of Connecticut Inc., Hartford

Eddie Salinas1 Eddie Salinas
Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Manchester

Scott Sandler1 Scott A. Sandler
Scott Allan Sandler Attorney at Law LLC, Hartford

Nieka Thompson1 Nieka Thompson
Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Hartford


Natassia M Fodor Headshot1 Natassia M. Fodor
Schoonmaker George Blomberg Bryniczka & Welsh PC, Old Greenwich