Substance Exposed Newborn (SEN) Cases

In January 2013, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) issued a policy change geared toward mandated reporters, community partners and other stakeholders.  The new protocol allowed DCF the option of screening out 51A reports involving Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN) if “the only reported condition is maternal use of methadone, buprenorphine (Subutex), buprenorphine with naloxone […]

The Fair Hearing

So, you had a 51A supported by the Department of Children and Families for abuse or neglect and you were named the perpetrator.  You are now in DCF’s “Central Registry.” If the investigation concluded that you sexually abused a child or physically assaulted a child causing injury, there is a very good chance that you […]

Taking a little break...

Those of you who have read the bio portion of my website know that in addition to being passionate about the work that I do–representing people facing some pretty difficult situations involving the Department of Children and Families, insurance companies, Early Education and Care, the police and the myriad assistant district attorneys of the Commonwealth etc.–I am […]