You can fight DSS. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
When the South Carolina Department of Social Services suspects abuse or neglect, things happen quickly–and that can mean removal of you children. DSS can show up anytime of the day or night. It’s a scary situation, and you need to know your rights.
You don’t have to agree to the DSS “treatment plan.”
DSS will, whether they remove your child or not, attempt to put together a treatment plan. You need to understand that you don’t have to agree to that plan and, even if you do, you may be able to change it if circumstances justify changes in the plan. DSS is required to give the parents the opportunity to participate in developing the treatment plan.
The key is early intervention
The simple truth is that you can achieve the best results with the early intervention of a lawyer who understands the DSS system inside and out. There are things DSS can do and things they can’t do. Hiring a lawyer who understands the system is, many times, the key to maintaining custody of your children. And even if the situation calls for removal, having the right lawyer can mean regaining custody of your children much more quickly.
If you need help, please fill out the form below or call me, Ellen Babb, at (843) 406-7737.