In Alabama, the Department of Human Resources is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect. If a DHR representative has visited your home, it is critical that you contact an Alabama family law attorney right away. The social workers at the DHR are very overworked and may be inclined to remove a child from the home and err on the side of caution if they have any reason to believe abuse or neglect may be present. Remember no matter how friendly they may appear, the social worker’s sole responsibility is to protect your child.
If a DHR representative or social worker comes to your home, it is important to remember they can use anything you say against you. If your child is going to be removed from the home, it is best if they temporarily reside with a family member. This will give you time to remedy any situations that led to their removal from the home and will aid to an easier transition back to your home once situations are resolved.
Remember that the social workers and agents at the DHR have many attorneys on their side representing them. It is important that you, too, have an experienced attorney as early in the process as possible in order to avoid termination of parental rights (TPR). We understand the courts well, and therefore we can help you remedy that situations that have caused concerns. Keep in mind, you have only 12 months to get your children back in Alabama. That’s why it is critical to hire an attorney right away.
We will require the DHR attorneys to prove their allegations, and if they cannot, we will demand that your child be returned to you. We understand that the longer your children are away, the more they suffer. Reuniting your family in a safe and healthy environment is our goal and we will work vigorously to achieve it! Contact the Zwiebel Law Firm either online or at 205-623-1001.