DHS Has Mandatory Guidelines for Visitation
Let’s say your kids, or your grandkids are taken into state custody with the Department of Human Services, what does that mean? Do you get to see them again? All these are very important questions and very common questions.
So, let me start off with you do get to see your kids, the state and DHS have mandatory guidelines for visitation. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best visitation for you.
Normally, it’s at least about one time a month that they’ll do visits, and they’ll try to do them more regularly. Sometimes they have once a week guidelines, depending on the actual department of DHS.
So, what does that mean for you? Well, if you want visits with your kids, you’re going to need an attorney that can get into court and fight for more visits.
Left to their own devices, courts, most of the time, won’t really get involved with visitation or placement issues, they’ll let DHS cover those. So, you are going to want someone who can talk to the court, talk to the judge, and make sure you’re getting the visits that you need.
One thing to bring to the court’s attention, something that all judges should know after multiple mandatory trainings for most judges to go to, I know as a prosecutor for seven years, I had to go to them a lot of times with judges, and we heard about how important bonding is, and how important it is for future development later in life to have that contact between families and children, especially in the early years. If you have a child, or a grandchild that’s been taken into Department of Human Services’ custody, please give us a call today.