Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigations occur when a call is made to the DCFS hotline about a parent’s treatment of their child/children. Some DCFS investigations do not end up with a court or the police being involved, but many Illinois DCFS investigations do end up in court, and some can lead to criminal charges.
A DCFS investigation can have a major and lasting effect on your life in the following ways:
- Criminal charges.
- The DCFS Illinois investigation can lead to a case with juvenile court, potentially resulting in the loss of custody of your child and/or the eventual termination of your parental rights.
- DCFS can determine that you have abused or neglected your child, but decide to leave the child in your home under the condition that you follow a specific plan.
- DCFS in Illinois can make an agreement with you to keep the case out of juvenile court if you agree to place the child with someone else, in some instances a relative.
It is important to work with a skilled attorney in order to ensure you are following the appropriate process, including wading through all of the associated DCFS forms. Chuck Bretz & Associates has a proven track record of success in protecting clients’ rights throughout Will County DCFS investigations. Call us today at (815) 740-1545 to learn more.