Know Your Rights!


Know your rights in a child welfare investigation

Parents and care givers should NEVER meet with a child protective investigator without a lawyer and without recording the interview.  Don’t be tricked by the clever investigator or accompanying police officer or detective that asks, “why do you think you need a lawyer if you haven’t done anything wrong?”


Know Your Rights When Involved with DCF as a Care Giver and Prospective Adoptive Parent

Have you ever wondered how the Department of Children and Families select adoptive families after the parental rights to children are terminated and the children become available for adoption? The Department is required to follow Florida Administrative Code 65C-16.002, “Adoptive Family Selection” which delineates the criteria the Department is required to consider in selecting a family “in the best interests of the child”.