Dependency and neglect cases involve a parent being accused of neglecting or abusing his/her children. These cases may involve allegations of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of a child.

Oftentimes, parents involved in dependency and neglect cases are struggling with addiction issues, stress or other difficult life circumstances. In order for the children to be allowed to remain with the accused parent, that parent must make positive life changes that will put the child’s safety and welfare first.

In dependency and neglect cases, even when the report is unsubstantiated, Social Services may still come to the parent’s home to monitor the situation. Social Services has the authority to take children from parents and place them in temporary foster care. They also have the authority to bring a court action in an effort to terminate parental rights.

Contact Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee at 901-821-0044 and allow us to assist you with issues surrounding dependency and neglect.