Has a child protective investigator from the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) contacted you or a loved one about allegations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect? Are you afraid of losing your child or grandchild, or have they already been removed from your care?
Cohn Slater provides counsel and representation to clients involved in dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings. These specialized matters are not routine child custody cases and the quality of your representation can dramatically affect your right to parent.
We represent parents, legal guardians, foster parents, grandparents and other relatives affected by or involved in dependency cases. We also protect the rights of grandparents and other relatives to ensure the placement of children with trusted friends or family members during reunification and beyond.
Our attorneys have handled the active litigation, prosecution, and appeals of several hundred dependency cases. This experience offers clients a unique perspective and deep understanding on how to navigate the dependency system.
Our attorneys have established dependency best practices statewide, including developing Leon County’s Early Childhood Court program, and have developed strong working relationships with DCF and community partners over many years.