The Law Office of Dina Afek, P.C. provides comprehensive family law services to families in Tucson and Southern Arizona, including helping parents keep their family intact in the face of attempts by Child Protective Services to remove children from their home.
What is Child Protective Services?
Child Protect Services (CPS) is a program mandated by Arizona law for the protection of children alleged to be abused and neglected. CPS has the power to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect and to instigate proceedings to remove children from homes where they believe abuse or neglect has occurred.
A child removed from the home may be placed with grandparents or another relative, in a shelter, or foster care. Obviously, having your children taken away and placed in protective custody, even temporarily, is a very serious and urgent matter.
You Have Rights
If your children are removed from your home, you are to be given a Temporary Custody Notice within six hours. If a dependency petition is filed, you will be notified of a hearing at which time the court will review the temporary custody of your children. You and your children have the right to receive services which will promote the reunification of your family in a timely manner.
If CPS has taken your children from you, consult immediately with a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney who knows the law and procedure for getting your kids back as soon as possible. Attorney Dina Afek has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Counseling in addition to her law degree. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Afek worked for nearly 20 years as a social worker. Ms. Afek knows the law, and she knows the system at CPS. In Pima, Cochise, or Santa Cruz County, contact the Law Office of Dina Afek, P.C. for immediate assistance with your Child Protective Services matter.