In Kentucky, most cases involving child abuse are called “D/N/A” actions, which stands for “Dependency, Neglect or Abuse.” A case of “abuse” can arise when a parent or custodian either emotionally or physically injures the child, or that parent or custodian allows another person to emotionally or physically injure the child. “Neglect” or “Dependency” cases involve a parent or custodian who doesn’t care for the child adequately. When an act of child abuse, neglect or dependency is reported to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or to law enforcement, Cabinet workers from the specific county office will begin an investigation, which can involve home visits, parent or custodian interviews, interviewing the child or children, or even immediate emergency removal or temporary placement of the child. The specific steps and overall process can vary in Ohio. Please contact us to discuss the process in Ohio.
If you feel like a child is in danger of immediate harm, you may be able to file an Affidavit for an Emergency Custody Order. A judge will review the Affidavit to determine if the child is indeed in danger of immediate harm, and if so, the judge can order the child to be temporarily removed from the home and placed with a temporary custodian. The Emergency Custody Order will usually only be effective for 72 hour, excluding weekends and holidays. After the 72 hour period, a temporary removal hearing will be held before the Court.
Allegations of child abuse are a very serious matter, and if you’re facing these charges or are contemplating filing charges against someone else, contact Greta Hoffman & Associates right away to schedule a consultation. These situations are most often time sensitive, and the sooner we begin assisting with you case, the better your chances are of obtaining the right outcome for you. We have the knowledge, skill, experience and expertise to help see this sensitive and difficult process through to the end. We serve clients in Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, and Kenton counties in Kentucky, as well as Hamilton and Clermont counties in Ohio.