Abuse & Neglect
One of the Only Private Attorneys in Illinois Fighting The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
An encounter with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) can be one of the most disruptive situations that any family or childcare provider can face. If you are being investigated by DCFS, please take this matter seriously. Your family might be at risk of separation or your professional license could be at stake. A number of scenarios can lead to an DCFS investigation of abuse and/or neglect including:
- misunderstanding in the emergency room or doctor’s office
- allegation of domestic violence
- allegation of parental drug abuse
- failed adoption
- juvenile delinquency
- school discipline
- allegation of sexual misconduct
You are Entitled to a Lawyer
Timely and informed intervention and/or advice from a professional who has been working in this unique field can help resolve the matter before serious harm is done to your family or career. Your relationship with your children is constitutionally protected. You have a fundamental right to an attorney who can advocate on behalf of you and your family.
Fighting DCFS is a highly specialized skill
Kent Dean is one of the few private attorneys actively practicing in this field of law in Illinois. He understands exactly how to both communicate effectively with Illinois DCFS and how to establish strategic alliances to keep your family out of juvenile protection (DCFS) court. But, if do find yourself in front of a judge, Kent Dean has had thousands of appearances in juvenile court. He is the attorney you want. He keeps families together and saves careers.
Why Hire The Law Office of Kent Dean
- Winning track record of keeping families together.
- One of the only private attorneys in Illinois with the skills, experience, knowledge and contacts to work effectively in this specialized area.
- Unique blend of crisis management skills, social work experience and a thorough understanding of the law.
- Advocate for families who will work tirelessly to ensure your family emerges as emotionally intact as possible.
Law Office of Kent Dean Success Stories
A Babysitter’s Reputation is Restored
A babysitter came to the Law Office of Kent Dean with a big problem. Faced with an indicated report alleging she had molested a child in her care- her career and reputation were at risk. Police involvement put her freedom in jeopardy as well. Kent Dean conducted his own investigation and worked with both police and DCFS. In the end she was cleared by both parties.
A father was accused of leaving his toddler in the car alone. When the father retained the Law Office of Kent Dean, he was facing criminal charges as well as an Illinois DCFS investigation. Maintaining that no crime occurred, Kent Dean successfully argued a motion to dismiss the charge. The father was spared a further potentially disruptive DCFS investigation as well.
A new mother was accused by the father of the child to be using illicit drugs. Kent Dean conducted a thorough investigation, presented his findings and turned the tables. After an intense campaign on the mother’s behalf, he convinced Illinois DCFS that the allegations were baseless. DCFS returned her child to her. DCFS had believed the father over the mother until Kent Dean stepped in.