A dependency/termination case is stressful. It can be a long process. You will work with a team through the case.
What you have the Power to do:
- Tell everyone what you need.
- Have time with your child.
- Be engaged and diligent in your efforts to have your child return home.
- Assist in helping decisionmakers understand your family’s strengths and needs.
- Partner with your multidisciplinary team.
- Attend all court dates and meetings.
- Create your own positive facts for your case.
- Assist in designing a plan for your needs and wants that supports your definition of success for your family.
- Know your rights.
- Be the parent of your child throughout the life of your case and have input into what your child needs.
- Ask for accountability and to be informed about actions and care of your child.
Things your attorney can do to help you
- Get your child returned to you.
- Make sure you can have time your child.
- Defend you in court.
- Ask for an OPD social worker when the attorney and you agree it is appropriate and one is available.
- Ensure DCYF makes timely referrals for services necessary for reunification.
- Assist that culturally relevant services and providers are available.
- Call witnesses and experts on your behalf. Your attorney will consult with you and ultimately decide who those witnesses will.
- Make sure that you have an interpreter.