If you suspect a child is in immediate danger, call 911. If you don’t foresee immediate danger, you should contact the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). They run the Florida Abuse Hotline at 800-962-2873. You can call this number 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to report child abuse, neglect, or abandonment. You can also file a report on their website, https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us.
Reunification is when a child who had been placed outside of his or her home returns safely back to his or her parent. If the shelter petition is granted and the child is taken away from his or her parent and home, the state makes reasonable efforts to rehabilitate the parent in order for him or her to reunite with their child and regain custody. When reunification is not possible due to the parent’s noncompliance with the case plan laid out by DCF, or if the court feels the reunion is not in the child’s best interest, the court will proceed with other placement options such as adoption or permanent guardianship.
If you are dealing with accusations of child abuse or neglect, it is highly recommended to enlist the help of an experienced attorney to protect your parental rights. Often, parents are surprised and shocked by such allegations and need a legal ally to keep them on course. During this emotional time, having a trusted attorney by your side could mean the difference between keeping your child in your care or having them taken away by the state.
Yes, of course. Reunification is where the accused parent is reunited with the child who was removed from the house to be protected against any form of neglect and abuse. The state usually makes a plan regarding the parent’s rehabilitation and when the accused parent successfully complies with the plan, he/she will be reunited with his/her child.
The child will not be returned to the accused parent if he/she does not comply with the reunification plan. In such cases, the state usually maintains the status quo or processes the child’s permanent guardianship or adoption- whatever is best for the child.
Yes, definitely! The parent involved must contact an experienced attorney from Klein Law Group so that he/she will have a legal representative and adviser who will fight the system to get your child back.