An investigation by the Department of Children & Families (DCF) in Connecticut usually begins with a call or a knock at the door from a social worker asking to speak with you about your family. She is smiling and seems nice enough. She assures you she's just there "to help." You experience a flood of emotions - fear, confusion, anxiety, frustration, anger. You wonder, "Should I talk to her? Is she going to take my kids away?"
If you find yourself in this situation, the worst thing you can be is uninformed. It's important that you realize that DCF's purpose in making contact with you is to investigate allegations that someone has made that your children are somehow neglected or abused. A DCF investigation is no different than a police investigation. The police look for evidence that a crime was committed. DCF looks for evidence that child neglect or abuse has occurred.
DCF is required by law to provide you with something called the "right to know" pamphlet which describes the investigation process, what DCF is trying to accomplish, and, most importantly, your rights. But, unlike the police, DCF doesn't have to provide you this information verbally, nor do they have to provide you this information before speaking to you. All too often, someone's lack of knowledge about their rights and their failure to get legal advice from an experienced Connecticut lawyer that handles DCF investigations causes bigger problems later. That's why we are providing you the resources on this page - to make sure that you are educated about DCF in Connecticut.