DCF recommended that my teenager stay with her noncustodial father until services can be put into place (family therapy) I am the full custodial parent and DCF told me they do not have custody of her so I can have her come home if I want to but that there was their “recommendation” I was fine with her having a break with her dad until It was clear that the break was doing more harm to the end goal of having her back in the home. We have only been through the investigative phase and it was unsupported for abuse (which was the original claim) and neglect was added and supported on the basis that I was neglectful of her emotional health for not getting her mental health services for anxiety/depression.
The father declined me to see her unsupervised and told me and my DD hat DCF has an order in place saying that I can not be alone with her(false). My daughter has sent me coached texts. He allowed her to block me on social media and change all of her login info (which were rules put in place when she got social media privileges, no blocking no changing pw. I rechecked with DCF and they said the same custody/recommendations. I had her come yesterday, did I do something wrong ?
You are in a very difficult position, especially because you are dealing with a teenager. If your situation ends up in Probate & Family or Juvenile Court, you can expect that the DCF recommendation will weigh heavily in the Court's review. You should consider sitting down with the DCF worker, with counsel present, and find out the reasons for their recommendations and specifically what DCF recommends you should do to keep custody with you, and then memorialize that in writing. If you are following DCF's recommendations on how to keep custody, then it will be harder for DCF or any judge to fault you later on.
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Numerous things going on. So sorry to hear about your situation. Be sure to appeal the “neglect” allegation. This MUST be done within thirty (30) days of receipt of the allegation. Check the envelope the letter came in and save this envelope. Recently I had a letter dated December 20 yet the postmark on the envelope said January 7. Obviously different from the date on the letter. Get your daughter into a therapist ASAP to address the “mental health “ issues. File for your entire DCF file along with other materials. Have a lawyer review the DCF file, as well as send for both the DCF Fair Hearing and your DCF file. The lawyer will know under what statute, regulations, and policy to file for such material under the law. Beware of the ex. Protect yourself! Get sound advice from your lawyer how to successfully fight DCF “recommendations” and also your ex.
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