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Illinois Child Abuse and Neglect Defense Attorneys

When a report of possible child abuse or neglect is made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the issue is taken very seriously. The welfare and safety of children are top priorities in the state of Illinois, and child abuse, neglect, and endangerment are subject to severe consequences. In some cases, a parent’s rights regarding his or her children may be threatened, while in others, criminal charges may be filed. Sometimes, a case may involve both. At Anderson Attorneys & Advisors, our skilled lawyers are equipped to help you defend against allegations of child abuse and neglect in juvenile and criminal court proceedings.

How Allegations Arise

The DCFS is tasked with monitoring the welfare of children throughout Illinois. The agency provides resources and support for parents with addictions, financial struggles, and other concerns that could affect how they raise a child. However, it is also responsible for investigating allegations that a child is being abused, neglected, or otherwise mistreated at home.

Most reports of child abuse or neglect are made by teachers, child care workers, school counselors, and family friends, though they can come from anyone. The DCFS takes every allegation seriously, and an investigation is usually initiated within 24 hours of the report. Depending on the specific allegations, the investigation may include different elements, including a home visit by a specialist and interviews with the child, the parents, and others. Based on the outcome of the investigation, the DCFS may initiate action to place the child in a safer environment. Allegations of serious physical abuse or sexual abuse may also lead to a police investigation and criminal charges.

Protecting Parental Rights in Northern Illinois

At Anderson Attorneys & Advisors, we know that a DCFS investigation can be a frightening experience for any parent. That is why we advise contacting our office at the first indication of a report against you. The reality is that DFCS is often unorganized, and investigators have been known to overstep their bounds. When this happens, a parent’s rights can be compromised, leading to unnecessary problems.

Our attorneys will work with you in protecting your rights and those of your child. We represent parents and foster parents throughout every stage of the process, from the investigation to adjudicatory hearings, shelter care proceedings, and hearings for the termination of parental rights. If criminal charges are filed, we will defend your interests in criminal court as well.

Call Us for Help

If you are the subject of a DCFS investigation, you need an attorney on your side who will fight for you. Contact the Wheaton office of Anderson Attorneys & Advisors to get the guidance you need. Call 630-877-5800 or fill out our online contact form for a confidential consultation today. We serve families in Warrenville, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, West Chicago, Glendale Heights, and throughout DuPage County.