White Plains Family Law Attorney

Providing tenacious legal guidance for matters of child abuse and neglect

When you find yourself in the unenviable position of having to defend against unwarranted allegations of child abuse or neglect, especially when your employment may be affected by an unfavorable decision, you need an experienced New York family attorney on your side to protect your rights and best interests. At the Law Office of Karen Jansen, New York family law attorney Karen Jansen has successfully represented clients in these situations for many years. Her experience in prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases for the Westchester County Department of Social Services makes her uniquely qualified to help you overcome seemingly insurmountable opposition.

Understanding how allegations of child abuse and neglect are handled

Child abuse and neglect cases are handled by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services which is responsible for maintaining the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Anyone can report suspicions of abuse or neglect. Some people, known as mandatory reporters, are required to report suspicions of abuse. Mandatory reporters include:

  • Medical and hospital personnel
  • School officials and teachers
  • Social service workers
  • Child care workers
  • Residential care workers and volunteers
  • Law enforcement personnel

Once a report is made, the respective child protection agency must open an investigation within 24 hours, submit a preliminary report within seven days and file a final report within 60 days. After an investigation, the report is deemed either unfounded or indicated. If the allegations are believed to be false, the report is unfounded. If the allegations are believed to be true, the report is indicated.

What to do if you are accused of child abuse or neglect

Child abuse and neglect proceedings can have long-lasting effects on your ability to adopt children, become a foster parent or work in fields in which you may have contact with children. If the allegations are deemed true and the report is indicated, you are entitled to a fair hearing 90 days after you were notified of the initial report. A fair hearing is your opportunity to have an indicated report amended to unfounded. You may also have the report expunged from your record so that information regarding prior allegations or findings is not divulged to agencies seeking such information. It is vital to seek assistance from an experienced Family Court attorney as soon as you become aware of potential allegations to ensure that your rights are protected.

Turn to a knowledgeable Westchester County child abuse and neglect attorney for staunch advocacy

Allegations of child abuse or neglect have the potential to negatively impact your life for years to come. It is important to have a reputable and experienced New York family law attorney on your side to ensure that your voice is heard. At the Law Office of Karen Jansen, your case is a priority and you receive the resources and advice you need to achieve a positive resolution. Call 914-821-5200 for a free initial phone consultation or contact the firm online to schedule an appointment. The office is conveniently located in White Plains, within walking distance to public transportation and Metro North. Serving clients in White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison, Greenburgh, North Castle, Eastchester, Bronxville, Rye and Mamaroneck for nearly 20 years.