The Child and Family Protection team represents the Social Services Agency’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) in Juvenile Court dependency cases involving allegations of child abuse and neglect. The attorneys in this team appear in statutorily-required hearings, special interim reviews, mediations, settlement conferences, and specialty court hearings. They also handle dependency trials in the Juvenile Court and long-cause dependency trials in civil court. In addition, the attorneys provide legal support to DFCS’s Court Services Bureau and Dependency Investigation Unit, for which they view cases for legal sufficiency, and review and approve juvenile dependency petitions. Child and Family Protection attorneys also analyze legislation affecting DFCS and conduct legal research for, and provide legal advice to, the Social Services Agency.