Parents Representation Program Actions You Can Take

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.