Child Abuse & Neglect
Child Protective Services (CPS) and Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
Legal Representation Throughout The Metropolitan New York Area
Our attorneys have extensive experience in litigating ACS and CPS matters regarding allegations of child abuse and child neglect in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. In addition, our attorneys regularly appear in the five boroughs of New York City’s courts in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. We also regularly represent our clients in the Family Courts and Supreme Courts of Westchester County. We welcome your inquiries and offer free consultations.
In Long Island, Child Protective Services (CPS) is the agency responsible for investigating inappropriate conduct regarding children. In the five boroughs of the City of New York the agency responsible for the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).
Defending Individuals Under Investigation by Either CPS or ACS
Any one can file a complaint alleging child abuse. Both CPS and ACS allow all complaints to be made anonymously. Once a complaint is filed, the agency undertakes an investigation to determine whether the allegations are “indicated”. Indicated means that there is a possibility that this is a situation involving child abuse or child neglect.
If a report to CPS or ACS is “indicated,” the Child Protective Agency files the report with the New York State Central Registry in Albany. These reports are maintained for 23 years with the agency. A report filed against a parent, indicating that there is either child abuse or child neglect, can affect the parent’s ability to obtain certain types of employment. This specifically applies to employment where the parent interacts with children. If a report is filed with the New York State Central Registry, it portrays the parent in an extremely negative light and can affect their relationship with their children and other children in the future.
Aggressive Legal Representation
Our office has handled many complaints involving allegations of either child abuse or neglect. We are aware of the procedures followed by the various child protection agencies where these reports are based on false or misstated allegations, we take action to have reports that are “indicated” modified to read “unfounded”, which means that the report to the agency after investigation was not supported by the facts. When necessary, we demand administrative hearings and we litigate to clear our clients.
In some situations, we advise our client to take remedial action to avoid potentially dangerous situations to children and we work with the courts and investigating agencies to see to it that the state registry filing against our clients are removed. We have been successful in getting the charges against our clients dropped or modified in the large majority of the cases that we have been retained on. Contact the Family Court attorneys at the Law Office of Elliot S. Schlissel for a free consultation at: (516) 561-6645, (718) 350-2802 or (800) 344-6431.
Contact Our New York Child Abuse & Neglect Attorneys
When you seek our legal advice and guidance, our attorneys carefully explain the law as it relates to your case, the legal remedies available to you and the best course of action to resolve your problem and meet your objective. We are always prepared to answer your questions, promptly return your calls and keep you updated on the status of your case.
If you have questions about our firm or the legal services we provide, we invite you to call us at (800) 344-6431, (718) 350-2802 or (516) 561-6645. Our phones are answered 24/7. For our Spanish-speaking clients, se habla Español.
We have offices in Lynbrook, Queens, and Suffolk County, and we represent individuals throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County; and NYC’s five boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
For additional information about us and the benefits of retaining our law firm, visit the Our Firm page.
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