Your Parental Rights

Parents and children hold reciprocal property rights in each other.  No person, no governmental agency can impose itself into your life and the life of your family without complying with specific procedures designed to protect to your rights in your property.

You have a constitutionally protected right to due process.

Both the United States Constitution and the South Carolina Constitution guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures and unreasonable invasions of privacy.

You have a right to legal representation at all stages of a DSS action, including the investigative stage.  If you cannot afford a lawyer, you can apply for appointed counsel by filing an application with the clerk of court.  If your income falls below the HHC Federal Poverty Guidelines (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/12poverty.shtml#guidelines), the court will appoint a lawyer to represent you.

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