Florida dependency courts were established to hear cases regarding abused or neglected children. Dependency proceedings can be very difficult for children and their parents, so it is the goal of the court that such proceedings be quick, fair, and focused on the safety and well being of the child. If you need to go through dependency proceedings, know that the lawyers at Alliance Legal Group are here when you need us most. We will do everything we can to make sure your dependency proceedings are quick and fair. Whether your proceedings involve allegations of abuse or neglect, our lawyers and paralegals will put every effort into protecting you and your child. To learn more about how we can help you, call our team today at (877) 560-4440 to arrange your absolutely free consultation.

Purpose of Child Dependency Proceedings

In Florida, it is the goal of dependency courts to keep families together whenever possible. However, the safety of the child is of the utmost importance. Children are usually kept in foster homes until their case is completed for their own protection. The court tries to keep the child in one home until a permanent home can be decided upon. Any minor child under the age of eighteen can be taken from his or her parents by the state if the parents are suspected of abuse or neglect. The primary goals of dependency court are: To protect children To provide children with stable, loving environments to grow up in To keep families together whenever possible To treat both parents and children with dignity and respect, never assuming guilt before it is proven To respect the diversity of different cultures and different methods of childrearing.

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To value every child like their own

Whenever possible, dependency proceedings work not to assign blame, but to actually try to resolve any problems in the home. Social workers work with parents and children through dependency court to correct issues in the home and improve the parent child relationship. This is done in the hope of keeping families together as much as possible, but some problems simply can’t be fixed. Unfortunately, children are all too easy to overlook and ignore. At Alliance Legal Group, we understand that for a child to be loved and protected, they must also be heard. When we take a dependency case, we work with the children we are hired to protect. We try to understand their stories, hear their pain, and help them move on to a happier and healthier life. Children are people just like the rest of us, and they deserve not only our attention, but our respect. Our firm is also proud to work with parents who have been through the frightening and confusing experience of having their child taken from them. All too often, children are taken from their parents as a result of a misunderstanding.

If you’re a good parent trapped in a bad situation, we’ll do everything we can to help your family be reunited. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our friendly and compassionate family lawyers.