Category Archives: Child Protective Services

Whose Team are they on? CPS Removal and TDM Meetings

A CPS investigation is beyond frightening. What are your rights? Why does it seem like the investigator is interrogating me?  The investigator keeps saying that this is not a criminal matter, but do I need a lawyer?  Do I have to … Continue reading

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Parents’ Medical Nightmare

The Pelletier family is going through every parent’s worst nightmare. Their 15-year-old daughter, Justina, has been struggling with a rare disease that could lead to death. There is no cure for this disease, but despite the bleak prognosis, the Pelletier … Continue reading

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Munchausen by Proxy?

It’s a tragic story. Garnett Spears, a 5-year-old boy, was given deadly amounts of sodium through his feeding bag, allegedly by his mother. After beginning treatment, hospital tests revealed unusually high amounts of sodium in the boy’s body, which accounted for … Continue reading

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Getting Back Baby Jack – Putative Father Registration and Consent to Adoption in Arizona

A nightmare scenario for one Utah father has made national news.  The most disconcerting part of his story is that it could happen again right here in Arizona. In 2010, Jake Strickland learned that he was to become a father.  … Continue reading

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The Importance of Counseling in Domestic Disputes

All too often, tragedies occur in the context of divorce and custody disputes.  In Arizona we no longer use the term “custody” and instead use the phrase “legal decision making,” but for the purpose of this article we will refer … Continue reading

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When Arizona Foster Parents are Ready to Adopt – A Rare Opportunity for a Free Lawyer

I received a call the other day from a potential client and her partner.  They had been fostering a child through a CPS placement for almost 19 months.  The baby was just three weeks old when he was placed in … Continue reading

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Regulatory Issues in Arizona Residential Treatment Centers

On February 19, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com published its third entry in a multi-part investigative report into Arizona’s regulation of residential treatment centers for at-risk youth.  Reporters launched the investigation last year in order to determine whether Arizona is meeting its … Continue reading

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Outcry Over Russian Adoptee’s Texas Death

On February 18, CNN reported that Russian officials are outraged after the death of Max Shatto, a Russian boy living with his adoptive family in Texas.  Texas Child Protective Services is investigating the boy’s death, citing the suspiciousness of his … Continue reading

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Suspected Non-accidental Trauma: Femoral Shaft Fractures

Imagine the following: You are the parent of two boys, ages 12 and 2.  Your children get along well – the 12-year-old recently helped you wean the little one off of bottles and takes pride in teaching his brother new … Continue reading

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Munchausen by Proxy Allegations in Arizona

Allegations of child abuse can come from a number of sources.  Teachers, caretakers, physicians, and some other professionals are required to report their suspicions of abuse due to Arizona’s “mandatory reporting” statute (A.R.S. § 13-3620), leading to CPS investigations in … Continue reading

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