Child Protective Services
Being accused of child abuse or molestation will change your life forever. Allegations of abuse often come from school teachers, family members and medical providers. These matters may be investigated by both the police department and Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS may take action, including the immediate removal of your children from their home, if certain criteria are met.
What you say and do when CPS is called can have long lasting ramifications. A “substantiated” finding of abuse can have adverse impact on your livelihood, future custody determinations, and may be the beginning of a process where the State seeks to permanently terminate your rights as a parent.
Having handled hundreds of CPS removal cases, we are versed in identifying the issues even in the face of the most heinous and shocking accusations. Attorney Gregg Woodnick has served as a Guardian ad Litem representing children and victims of abuse and neglect. He has instructed and trained many GAL’s and court appointed advisors throughout Maricopa County. Gregg has handled abuse allegation cases throughout Arizona and is often called upon to consult with other attorneys and agencies in cases involving child abuse and neglect.
Sometimes the allegation is not as straightforward as drug or physical abuse. In recent years, CPS has actively removed children from their homes for complex issues such as medical neglect and Munchhausen’s syndrome. Issues such as a child’s unique medical challenges may be misidentified as abuse. While CPS is generally well meaning in their efforts to “protect the best interests of children,” they do make mistakes. A well-reasoned defense may help the Court understand that there are legitimate medical explanations for what has been improperly identified as abuse.
It is our job to defend your rights in the face of allegations involving neglect and abuse. If you are under investigation by CPS or the police, do not hesitate to hire an attorney who is qualified in this complex arena.
- Munchausen’s Syndrome: Representation of mothers accused of abusing children via factitious disorders.
- Medical neglect: Representation of parents accused of failing to get proper medical treatment for their children.
- Drug/substance abuse: Representation of parents accused of neglect and abuse by way of their own drug or substance addictions.
- High profile: Representation of mother in a publicized case who was accused of trading her child for drugs.
- Physical/sexual abuse: Representation of parents accused of physically or sexually abusing children.