There are many things that can go into a DCF finding of abuse or neglect, drug use being just one of them. My experience is that it is not simply one thing like drugs, but a multiple of issues, and indeed any type of substance abuse often leads to other issues of neglect. Anyone responding here would need to know more details about what DCF is claiming and why, and that you would be able to retain an attorney. Your best bet is finding someone in your area who is familiar with your area's DCF office, as there are sometimes differences in the way each regional office handles things.
To questioners from West Virginia & New York: Although I am licensed to practice in your state, I practice on a day-to-day basis in Massachusetts. I answer questions in your state in areas of the law in which I practice, and in which I feel comfortable trying to offer you assistance based on my knowledge of specific statutes in your state and/or general principles applicable in all states. It is always best, however, to work with attorneys and court personnel in your own area to deal with specific problems and factual situations.
This forum is for asking questions. If you want to hire an attorney you should use the Find a Lawyer button and seek Fitchburg-area child abuse lawyer.
There are several things that a lawyer can do to help you fight off a D C F attack.
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I agree with my colleagues - there are many reasons that DCF may feel it appropriate to intervene aside from drugs. If you feel you are being unjustly targeted, you should search for an attorney in Fitchburg that specializes in these types of cases. You can search for an attorney through the Find a Lawyer section of Avvo. Good luck.
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