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Department of Children and Family Services

West Covina DCFS Defense Attorney: Protecting Your Rights as a Parent

While parents do their best to rear their children in a healthy way, there is no “perfect” way to parent. Unfortunately, this can result in the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) getting involved. When someone else feels your parental conduct is subpar and alerts DCFS of the situation, fighting to maintain your parental rights will become a constant uphill battle. In such cases, it is imperative that you retain the services of a skilled West Covina DCFS representation lawyer. At Coimbra Law Firm, our experienced lawyer can help you fight to preserve a parental relationship that has been threatened by the DCFS.

Schedule your free consultation with Coimbra Law Firm by dialing (626) 827-7222 or contacting us online today.

Strategies to Protect Your Family

Anyone can call DCFS, which makes it that much easier for someone outside the situation to make judgments and accusations against you. While you can’t stop someone from mischaracterizing you as a parent, you can take steps to provide the right care for your child and avoid having onlookers call protective agencies.

People are more likely to report abuse when they notice:

  • Injuries to a child: These can include bruises and welts that don’t have a reasonable explanation
  • Apparent neglect: If a child appears filthy, malnourished, or walks around without any supervision, this can be cause for a visit from the DCFS
  • Need for attention: Children who act out in disruptive, aggressive ways can lead others to accuse parents of neglect
  • Severe public discipline: If people notice what they believe to be harsh discipline for unrealistic standards of perfect conduct for a child, they may be more likely to call the DCFS
  • Withdrawal or isolation: If your child is frequently absent from school activities, friends’ birthday parties, etc., it may raise concerns among onlookers

Defending Yourself Against Accusations

Once the DCFS gets involved, the process of determining your rights as a parent can happen at blinding speeds. You need the help of an attorney familiar with protecting parental rights and who makes your case a priority. As the winner of the Top Attorney Award from Pasadena Magazine for 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017, Attorney Joe Coimbra is the man you want by your side.

You can take steps to protect your family by:

  • Avoiding any meetings with the DCFS without a qualified attorney present
  • Ensuring you have family members willing to take care of your child if needed
  • Demonstrating any efforts taken to be a better parent, such as attending AA, counseling, or another class
  • Photographing your home to show it is a safe environment

Coimbra Law Firm stands ready to help you protect your right to see your children and be a force for good in their lives. Call us today and get started building your case.

Dial (626) 827-7222 now to speak with a West Covina DCFS representation lawyer.

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