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Dependency and Neglect: Kids Talking to Social Services / DHS in Jefferson County

Human-Services-Dependency-N.jpgDepartment of Human Services and Surprise Home Visits - Jefferson County Lawyer Explains

One group of people we should all fear is DHS. The Colorado Department of Human Services has the power to take your kids from you. If you offend their feelings, they'll do just that. Rarely do we see them concerned more with your kids than they are with their job security and feeling of importance. You need to know your rights when it comes to Social Services' surprise home visits in Dependency and Neglect Cases. What is a Dependency and Neglect Case?

Dependency and Neglect Denver Lawyer - Keeping Kids Safe . . . from the Government

Dependency-and-Neglect.jpgDenver D&N - Dependency and Neglect Attorney in Arapahoe County

Anytime a child may have been hurt, or is actually hurt, the government has a group of employees anxious to prove their worth by filing a Dependency and Neglect case against you, naming your child as a person in need of protection. While this system is necessary and important in many extreme child abuse situations, our dislike of the system arises from its overuse. Even with accidents, if a child is injured, the Arapahoe County Department of Social Services and the Arapahoe County Attorney file neglect cases against good parents. This intrusion into the lives of Colorado citizens is unwarranted and a waste of precious tax dollars.

Dependency and Neglect & Social Services' CYA Policy

Let me cast political correctness aside and maybe burn a bridge or two.  After 22 years of working with Dependency and Neglect cases in Arapahoe, Adams and Jefferson County, I continue to have one principle ingrained in me over and over: Social Services (now called Human Services to improve their image) is NOT most concerned about your children.

Colorado Dependency and Neglect - Social Services Out of Control

Occasionally, our criminal cases involving Child Abuse, C.R.S. 18-6-401, migrate into Dependency and Neglect (D&N) cases in Douglas, Arapahoe and Jefferson County. This is a civil type case where children are taken from their parents for the "safety" of the child. While this removal decision sometimes occurs appropriately, I often see this removal by Social Services (the Department of Human Services) made to get back at parents who will not bow to their power grab.

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  • Sexual Assault and Rape charges related to divorce. Acquittal from jury trial. Weld County, Greeley, Colorado.
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  • Rape and Sexual Assault charges involving divorce and child custody. Acquittal from jury trial. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Burglary and Felony Theft. Dismissed by District Attorney. Arapahoe County, Englewood, Colorado.
  • Theft of Drugs by Nurse. Dismissed by District Attorney. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
  • Domestic Violence. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Violation of Restraining Order. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock.

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