Shouldering The Burden For You In Cases Involving The Illinois Department Of Children And Family Services
Mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect take their positions very seriously. Even the minor bumps and bruises of childhood may unfortunately be interpreted as neglect or abuse. If you have been suspected of abuse or neglect, and a case has been opened by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), it is essential that you take steps to protect yourself and ultimately protect your child.
The Law Office of Alyease Jones is committed to you and your family. We know the impact that a DCFS investigation and case can have on your life. Founding attorney Alyease Jones is known to her clients as Lady Justice Chicago due to her dedication to seeking justice for all our family law clients. She works to bridge the gap between the law and the community, providing clients with information on the law and how DCFS cases and any appeals will proceed.
The Administrative Appeal Process
Once a decision has been made by DCFS and the finding goes against you, your name will go on the State Central Register (SCR) as having been positively deemed a perpetrator of abuse and/or neglect. However, it is possible to fight this finding and possibly keep your name off of the SCR through an administrative appeal process.
We are dedicated to helping you through this process.
- We gather the information to file the appeal on your behalf.
- Once that has been completed, our firm will collect the DCFS case file and examine all the information, including anything that may have led DCFS to its decision in error.
- After reviewing and prepping for a hearing, we will present your case in front of an administrative law judge.
- Persuasively arguing your case and stating the facts in the matter, we will provide the judge with the information necessary to hopefully overturn the finding.
- Within 90 days of filing your appeal, you will have a finding from the judge.
Our Commitment To You
Regardless of the finding, our firm is here to support you. We understand how overwhelming DCFS cases can be and are sensitive to your needs throughout the entirety of the case and afterward.
If the case is not overturned, it may be possible to expunge the finding at some point in the future. This means it would be removed from the record, allowing you to be free from the burden, knowing the case is no longer viewable.
On Your Side Every Step Of The Way
For more information on how we handle DCFS cases and your options for seeking a resolution to the case, call our office at 630-326-5697. You can also contact us through our online form. We provide a free case evaluation so that you can learn more about us and we can learn about you, your desires and your goals.