Arizona child dependency cases can be very overwhelming, especially because there are so many people involved in the process. If you have been accused of child neglect in Arizona and your child has been removed from your home, you will be dealing with the following individuals:
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) case manager: Your case manager will help you understand what you need to do for CPS and the courts. This individual also will help schedule visits, keep in contact, and report to the courts.
  • Your Maricopa County family law attorney: One of our lawyers will be by your side every step of the way to answer your questions, protect your rights, and explain what to expect honestly and clearly.
  • Your child's attorney or guardian ad litem: This person will speak for your child in court and advise the court what he or she believes is best for the child. Your child will need to visit with this person so it can be determined what is best for your child and what your child wants.
  • CPS attorney: Such an attorney represents CPS and will make recommendations as far as what CPS believes the courts should do.
  • Court appointed special advocate: The court may appoint an additional advocate in some cases, and this person will report to the judge on your child's well-being during the process and will also make recommendations.
  • Foster care review board: This group of six volunteers will listen to you and others in the case and make a recommendation to the judge. The judge generally takes this recommendation very seriously when making decisions.

Please don't hesitate to contact a qualified Phoenix family law attorney with any questions at 1-888-929-5292. We offer a completely FREE legal consultation to explain your options, and we also will give you a FREE copy of our book, Arizona Family Law - How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.
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