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When 'Hitting' Your Child is not Abuse

Quite often I am asked to represent a parent who has been accused of physically abusing their child.  The report often comes in like this: the child tells some one at school or their therapist that mommy or daddy “hits” them, sometimes not even offering much more than that.  Sometimes the allegations are more […]

Interesting Developments on the Fair Hearing front...

Just wanted to share some recent developments on the Fair Hearing front…As many of you know, in addition to representing anybody and anything (schools, churches, day care centers etc.) in DCF investigations, family assessments and in court (in Care and Protection cases, for example), I handle at least two to three fair hearings a month […]

2017: A Quick Look Back

As this year quickly comes to an end and I begin planning for next year, I thought I would take a moment and reflect a little bit on 2017. What a year it has been at Ianiri Law LLC! This year saw a significant increase in DCF-related representation, from assisting parents with 51B investigations and […]

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 […]

The Pelletier Case and

It has been very difficult to sit back and just watch the travesty that is the Justina Pelletier case as it slowly works its way through the juvenile court system and now the press. Of course, nothing can compare to what the family has been going through. And with hopes dashed that the Hon. Joseph […]

Boston Children's Hospital and the Department of Children and Families

In Massachusetts, we are extremely fortunate to have the world’s best medical institutions and facilities (medical schools, teaching hospitals, rehab centers etc) practically at our fingertips. And when it comes to finding a specialist for a complicated or rare disorder or disease, you probably wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the country. That said, […]

Is it legal for a school official to interrogate child?

This is a question I have been asked too often lately from extremely anxious clients–parents who find themselves the target of a 51B investigation by the Department of Children and Families and, in some cases, the focus of a criminal investigation by the local police department and/or district attorney’s office.

In two recent cases […]

DCF's New Integrated Casework Practice Model

In the past year or so, the Department of Children and Families rolled out a new model for how the agency handles 51A’s. It’s called the Integrated Casework Practice Model. While the jury is still out on whether it is going to achieve it stated purposes (see below), what seems clear to me is that […]