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Can NC DSS remove children from a home because of drug use allegations?

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Can NC DSS remove children from a home due to drug use allegations?

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I understand that DSS can investigate, and, if appropriate, remove children from a parent or guardian if there is good cause that an activity is endangering their welfare.

Our office schedules phone and office consultations to review cases concerning North Carolina legal issues. This answer does not establish an attorney-client relationship but is a response to a hypothetical scenario and should not be construed as legal advice.


Yes. DSS can act on reports of drug use in your home. They can simply investigate or remove the children immediately. If they remove the children, they have to schedule an immediate hearing and the court will determine whether sufficient evidence exists to allow DSS to continue to keep the children or return them.

If DSS has already taken action with regard to your children, you need to hire an attorney as soon as possible.

Tony Hartsoe
Hartsoe & Associates, P.C.

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