Dependency & DCF
In Florida, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) considers Florida Child abuse, Florida Child abandonment, and Florida Child Neglect very serious matters. As children are our most vulnerable and defenseless citizens, special laws and procedural rules exist to protect them with the goal of preserving, rehabilitating, and reunification of abused or neglected children with their families when it is appropriate.
Our Jacksonville Dependency Attorneys know these laws and rules, and have experience handling Florida Department of Children and Family cases, child welfare, juvenile dependency, and juvenile delinquency matters. We are experienced in representing parents, grandparents, guardians, and caregivers who have been accused of abusing a child or neglecting a child. We also have experience in representing children who have been abused, injured, or killed as a result of abuse, particularly while in state or institutional care. We help families in tackling these issues in the least traumatic and disruptive manner possible.
We are experienced at handling a full range of legal issues pertaining to family relationships including:
- Child Abuse, Child Abandonment, and Child Neglect (Ch. 39, Florida Statutes)
- Department of Children and Families (DCF)
- Juvenile Dependency/Child Welfare/Child Protective Services (Children who are abused, abandoned, or neglected)
- Sexual Abuse of Children
- Physical Abuse of Children
- Juvenile Delinquency (Children charged with a crime)
- Temporary Custody to Extended Family Members (Ch. 751, Florida Statutes)
- Civil Rights of Foster Children (42 U.S.C. §1983)
If you would like to discuss your situation with a Jacksonville Dependency Lawyer or talk to a Florida Dependency Attorney about your rights or the rights of a child, contact us by phone or email.
Initial consultation fee $500. The consultation fee applies to an initial retainer fee within 7 days of the consultation.