Under A Microscope: Investigations Of Your Homelife
Well-meaning people may view a situation, hear a rumor or make an assumption and then act on a belief about the safety of your children. When that happens, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will begin an investigation into you and your family. This can be highly distressing, but with the right advice, you can ensure fair treatment for your family.
At Blacha Law Office, LLC, we have provided families in Naperville and all over Illinois with thoughtful, experienced guidance during the DCFS investigation process. Your fear and stress are natural when dealing with juvenile law issues, but we can explain the road ahead of you and offer advice to help you stay in control.
What Is A DCFS Investigation?
First and foremost, a DCFS investigation is a state-run inspection of you and your family regarding claims about the safety of your household. The state wants to ensure that there are no instances of abuse.
Typically, you can expect the DCFS to:
- Interview you and your family
- Inspect your home
- Review documents such as medical reports
- Interview other relevant individuals such as neighbors or teachers
The DCFS investigator’s job is to gather evidence. Whether that evidence indicates abuse or a dangerous environment for your child is only decided after all evidence is gathered.
What Happens After A DCFS Investigation?
When the DCFS investigator has compiled their evidence and reviewed all the factors, they make a recommendation. Depending on that recommendation, you may not have any further issues, or you might see the state begin to take further actions against you.
Your Rights During A DCFS Investigation
While it may be a suffocating feeling to have your future taken out of your hands, you do have rights when the DCFS begins an investigation into your household. These rights include the following:
- You do not have to let an investigator into your home.
- You do not have to pass a drug test.
- You do not have to provide private information.
No matter what, you have rights. To understand your rights fully, you should contact our lawyers.