If you are under investigation or have been accused of abusing your child, abandonment or neglect, one of the first things you should do is contact an attorney and obtain representation. County social services will waste little time in responding to reports of abuse or unsafe conditions and could show up at your doorstep with the authorities to remove your child from your home.
Helping Minnesota Families Respond To CHIPS Petitions
My name is Eric Anderson, founder of Anderson Defense. With experience working with families from across the Twin Cities, I understand the stress, anger and frustration you're likely feeling. You're worried about what will happen to your kids and want to do whatever it takes to get them back.
When you reach out to me, I will sit down with you, listen as you describe what happened and once I have all the facts, will outline what to expect and the steps to take going forward.
Although the circumstances of each child protection case vary, below are some of the initial processes that will take place after your children are removed from your home:
- A 72-hour hold: If social services determines that your child is in danger, the child can be removed from your home for 72 hours (not including weekends or holidays).
- Placement: If your child is removed from your home by the authorities, Child Protective Services may decide to place your child with relatives to limit the stress on the child.
- Foster care: If no suitable family member is available, your child may be placed in foster care.
- The Emergency Placement Hearing: During the 72 hour hold, you will be notified of the Emergency Placement Hearing. As your attorney, I can attend this hearing with you and ensure you understand what's happening. Although this hearing is not a trial, it is still very important and could have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
- Finding alternatives: The court's goal is to protect the best interests of the child in question. When determining whether to keep your child out of your home, the court will rely on the evidence presented in the initial CHIPS petition. This means that in many cases, the court will be cautious and prefer to protect the child from any potential harm.
- Addressing the allegations: During your hearing, you will have a chance to admit or deny the allegations. As your lawyer, I can inform you of the potential consequences of either admitting or denying the accusations.
When you need to protect your family, it's important to work with a lawyer who understands the local laws and how best to respond to accusations and a resulting Child Protective Services investigation. The choices you make during this time can have a significant impact on your case. As your adviser and representative, I will make sure you understand all the implications of your case.
As your attorney, I don't hand you off to a paralegal. I handle your case from start to finish. When you call, I'll be the person you speak with. When going to your hearing, I will be the one standing with you.
Learn More During A Free Initial Consultation
Let's work together, call me, attorney Eric Anderson at my Minneapolis law office: 612-254-6635. If you prefer to send an email, complete an online contact form, and I will get back to you promptly.