Parents may find themselves in need of legal representation as soon as they receive a call from a child protection investigator with social services. Parents may need to defend against allegations of child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment during a child protection investigation or a child in need of protection or services (CHIPS) court proceeding. In court, parents often must challenge the emergency removal of their children for placement in foster care, contest the child protection petition in a trial, and advocate for the prompt return of their children. Juvenile court proceedings involve many court appearances and short timelines to regain custody of their children. If social services does not believe that parents accomplished what is necessary to return custody of the children, the county may file a permanency petition. The petition may ask the judge to transfer custody of the children to someone else or permanently terminate their parental rights.
Parents have the right to legal representation at all stages of the child protection process. The attorneys of Blahnik, Prchal & Stoll are well-versed in juvenile law and child protection matters. We advocate for the rights of parents while also ensuring that the best interests of the child are the primary focus. We also represent relatives that wish to intervene in a child protection proceeding.