Child Protective Services Hearing Process
Defending the CPS Fair Hearing
Becoming the subject of a CPS investigation can be one of the most frustrating and stressful experiences a parent or family can endure. Often parents and families will feel like they are being treated unfairly, that their home is being intruded upon, that their words are being twisted and used against them, and that they do not have an understanding of the process.
Often the situation is made worse by another parent trying to use the CPS investigation to their advantage in a child custody or divorce case, or by the children making false or exaggerated claims against their own parents.
At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, our Westchester County CPS defense attorneys strive to help parents and individuals understand the entire process and protect their rights. As soon as you learn that you are the subject of a CPS investigation, you should immediately contact one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys for help.
As with many types of cases, it is not advisable to speak with CPS, DSS or ACS without first speaking to one of our CPS defense lawyers. Call for a Free Consultation (914) 712-6878.
The “Indicated” Report in Westchester County
At the conclusion of their investigation, CPS or ACS will make a finding. If “indicated,” the indicated party has the right to request that the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) review the case file and amend (change) the report to unfounded. In reality, this rarely happens. So, in most cases, the matter is forwarded to an Administrative Law Judge for a “fair hearing.”
Note: A report will be "indicated" if an investigation determines that some credible evidence of alleged abuse or maltreatment exists. This is a very low standard.
The Fair Hearing and Issues Reviewed
During the hearing, the County Attorney has the burden of proving maltreatment occurred by a fair preponderance of evidence. If the County Attorney fails to meet this burden then the report will be amended to "unfounded" and sealed. If the County Attorney meets the burden the indicated report will not be amended and its existence is subject to disclosure to licensing and provider agencies making inquiry about the individual.
If you or a loved one is subject to an indicated finding by CPS or ACS, please call the CPS defense attorneys at Riebling & Payton, PLLC to learn how we can protect your rights. We will analyze your case, go through the process, explain your options, and defend you at the fair hearing.
Prevailing at the Fair Hearing
Our CPS defense lawyers regularly represent clients in all OCFS cases. Our record of success is based on diligent preparation and investigation. We always take the time to properly review the case with our clients, speak to relevant witnesses, and conference the matter with the county attorney.
Free Consultations with Lead Attorneys Riebling & Payton
Riebling & Payton, PLLC are Westchester Family Law attorneys whose offices are conveniently located in White Plains, NY and Mount Kisco, NY. From these locations, we are able to schedule immediate appointments with our clients and appear on all matters in New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange Counties.