Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) or Child Protective Services (CPS) is a government agency whose mission is to protect children. Clearly an important mission but, at the same time, this agency is also a huge bureaucracy with a massive budget and an army of lawyers and attorneys. As can happen with a large bureaucracy, sometimes the truth can get lost and issues can take on a life of their own.
DCS is investigating me, what do I do?
Being the subject of a DCS investigation can be extraordinarily stressful. There are so many unknowns in this situation, so many people involved, and the stakes are high. One step you can take to protect your rights is call Homan and Zentz. We will provide you with a consultation to discuss the issues and then give you advice based on our experience with Children in Need of Services (ChINS) cases, working with DCS, CPS, and our experience fighting for our clients in court. There are no easy answers but you can hire an advocate for you.
Can you make DCS or CPS close the investigation?
Once there is an investigation or a ChINS case is open, this problem is not just going to "go away." However, regardless of the investigation, you have rights. Too often, these cases can go on for years even after the reason for the investigation has subsided. One way to resolve your matter expeditiously is to work with an experienced lawyer that understands the case law, the statutory requirements, and how to protect your rights. There are important timelines in the life of any ChINS case that must be considered. There are also certain protections afforded to subjects of an investigation or ChINS case that an experienced attorney can help you understand.