DCFS Defense: Don’t Wait to Hire an Attorney

Are you being investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or do you have reason to believe that DCFS will soon be knocking on your door? If so, don’t wait to engage an attorney who knows DCFS’s practices and the relevant laws. You must take this matter seriously and treat it with the utmost urgency. Your family might be at risk of separation or your professional license could be at stake.

An encounter with DCFS is one of the most dire, disruptive and draining situations that any family or childcare provider can face. Hiring a DCFS defense attorney as soon as possible can have a tremendous effect on the outcome of the investigation. Someone like Kent Dean with an unparalleled understanding of how this system works can help you to navigate this unique area of the law. He has saved countless people and children from unwarranted intrusion by DCFS. Kent Dean has represented people who were being investigated for abuse and/or neglect for reasons such as:

tickbox  misunderstanding in the emergency room or doctor’s office
tickbox  allegation of domestic violence
tickbox  allegation of parental drug or alcohol abuse
tickbox  failed adoption
tickbox  juvenile delinquency
tickbox  school discipline
tickbox  allegation of sexual misconduct

You Have the Right to a Lawyer

Remember that your relationship with your children and your right to work in your field is constitutionally protected. You have a fundamental right to an attorney who can advocate on behalf of you and your family. And, you should take advantage of this right early on in the process. Timely and informed intervention and/or advice from an attorney like Kent Dean who has been working in this unique field can help resolve the matter before serious harm is done to your family or career.

Fighting DCFS is a Highly Specialized Skill

Ask almost anyone in this field. Attorney Kent Dean is widely recognized as the go-to attorney on DCFS matters, and he is routinely referred DCFS cases from former clients, fellow attorneys and at times –DCFS staff have referred family members. As one of the few private attorneys regularly practicing in this field of law in Illinois, he understands exactly how to both communicate effectively with Illinois DCFS staff and how to establish strategic alliances to keep your family out of juvenile protection (DCFS) court. But, if you find your family in front of a judge, Kent Dean is the attorney you want. He knows what works. He keeps families together and saves careers.

Why Hire The Law Office of Kent Dean

tickbox  Winning track record of keeping families together.
tickbox  One of the only private attorneys in Illinois with the skills, experience, knowledge and contacts to work effectively in this specialized area.
tickbox  Unique blend of crisis management skills, social work experience and a thorough understanding of the law.
tickbox  Advocate for families who will work tirelessly to ensure your family emerges as emotionally intact as possible.

Law Office of Kent Dean Success Stories

Due to the often extremely personal nature of DCFS related matters and the obvious involvement of minors, it seems inappropriate to make even vague reference to one case or another. What I can say is that over the years I have had the great satisfaction of helping to keep children home with timely and strategic intervention when possible, or temporarily with family or a good approximation of “normal” for the children when necessary. In more dire matters, sometimes only after protracted legal wrangling and state involvement. I would not wish any of these on any family not already beyond repair.

I have seen the least of us and the respected professional, lambs and brutes alike all accused of the most horrible of crimes against children, sometimes against their own. There have been times I have been able to help innocent people get back a measure of their dignity by disproving the initial allegation and restoring their standing with the State.

Reputations and careers are built over years and lost in an instant. I say if you are facing the loss of either – fight it. For people who care for or live with children having “something on record in Springfield” is often far worse than even a criminal conviction.


Latest News: 

Kent Dean is being honoured with an award at the Family Defense Center’s annual benefit on September 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

About the Event: “This year’s theme is “Let Kids Play,” which is a celebration of the Center’s important work defending families against unfair charges of child neglect, such as a rule that is used to punish parents for making decisions like letting their children play at the park. These vague charges of neglect especially hurt poor families who are trying to provide a good life for their children. We hope that you will join us for this special event as we recognize those who work towards a fairer child welfare system.”

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