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How Do I Appeal an Indicated Finding By DCFS?

DuPage County Abuse and Neglect Investigation Attorney

If you have received notice of an indicated finding by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), you must complete and sign a notice of appeal and return it to the DCFS administrative hearings unit. The DCFS must then provide you with a complete copy of the investigative findings and a hearing date.

When the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) accepts a report that a child is being neglected or abused, the Department is required to conduct a formal investigation. Law enforcement and the DCFS often investigate the same claims and may share information, but a DCFS investigation is not a criminal inquiry. Rather, it is an attempt by the state to determine the level of danger that a child may be facing.

If a DCFS investigation determines that there is credible evidence of abuse or neglect against your child, you will receive a notice of an indicated finding. An indicated finding is not proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but if left unchallenged, it will lead to you being listed on the State Central Register of indicated perpetrators of child abuse and/or neglect for at least five years and up to 50 years. Those who are on the State Central Register may be disqualified from certain occupations involving children, such as daycare workers and school employees.

Maintaining Your Good Name

At Anderson & Associates, P.C., we know that an indicated finding does not mean that you have abused or neglected your child, but it is important to work quickly to clear your name. An appeals process is available, and we will provide the skilled representation before, during, and after your appeal hearing. Our family law attorneys can help you present evidence and testimony, dispute that offered by the DFCS, and generally show that you have acted in your child’s best interests.

If you have received notice of an indicated finding by the DCFS, contact our office immediately. Call 630-653-9400 for a free initial consultation with a compassionate member of our team today. We have office locations in Wheaton, Schaumburg, Orland Park, and Chicago.

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