Martin-Schwartz represents families in child protection cases. A knock at the door or a telephone call from Child Protective Services can be one of the most frightening events in a parent’s life.
From the moment a child protection investigation begins, there are questions, accusations, and suspicion. The future of the parent’s custody is unknown. The parent’s legal rights are vague. Until the matter is over, anxiety will be high.
There are many parts to child protection cases. There is the question of whether the children should be in their parent’s care during the case. This decision arises within the first 48 hours and it can determine the direction of the case.
One advantage of having private counsel is time that we have to meet with clients, return telephone calls, and be readily familiar with my clients’ cases. Attorneys who are appointed by the court are well-intentioned but often over-burdened and not available to spend the time on the file and with the client that the client desires.
We use my client’s intimate understanding of what is best for the child to craft a strategy that ensures that client’s goals for the child are achieved. For custodial parents, that is reunification with their children in their home. For non-custodial parents, grandparents, other family members, or others, that goal is sometimes reunification and other times it is transferring custody or terminating parental rights. Whatever the goals are, Martin-Schwartz can help parents and family members in child protection cases.