What We Do

Who Do We Represent?

The Law Office of Kevin Patrick Seaver successfully represents anyone involved with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Where do we represent you/your children when you are involved with DCF?

We will represent you and your children anywhere in the state of Massachusetts in cases involving DCF. This includes both in court and out of court representation.

I will prepare you and your children before the DCF home visit. The DCF home visit may include an interview, investigation, or assessment of you and your children. I will be physically present during the DCF visit. I will also be physically present when DCF meets with both you and your children.

One of the biggest mistakes I have seen throughout the years are parents/caretakers trying to represent themselves in fighting DCF. DO NOT DO IT ALONE. You and your children should always be represented by a lawyer when speaking to DCF. We can help you!

DCF Services:

DCF investigates allegations of abuse or neglect of children under the age of 18 by parents or other “caretakers”. The term “caretaker” is broadly defined to include any individual who is entrusted with a degree of responsibility for the child.

The Law Office of Kevin Patrick Seaver represents parents, step-parents, grandparents including other relatives, along with foster parents, guardians, and other caretakers including but not limited to: babysitters, bus drivers, teachers, counselors, doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, lawyers, social workers, DCF employees, household members of DCF employees, DYS employees, institutional employees, and any other individual in a caretaking capacity involved with DCF in Massachusetts.
What We Do - Law Office of Kevin Seaver - DCF Defense Attorney
DCF Out of Court & In Court

  • DCF Home Visit
  • DCF Interviews (parents, children, and collateral)
  • DCF Investigation (emergency and non-emergency)
    • Neglect
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Physical Abuse
    • Substance Abuse
    • Institutional Abuse
    • Restraining Orders
    • Domestic Violence
    • Emotional Malnourishment
    • Shaken Baby Syndrome
    • Munchausen Syndrome (a factitious disorder)
    • Mental Health Issues
    • DCF Assessment
    • DCF Service Plan Review
  • Appealing supported decision against you for child abuse and/or neglect allegation
  • DCF Fair Hearing Appeal to Superior Court
  • DCF Custody (emergency removal and non-emergency removal)
  • Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol)
  • DCF SAIN Interview of your child
  • DCF Joint Investigation with Law Enforcement and District Attorney
  • DCF Visitation (parents, siblings, and grandparents and other relatives
  • Child Support
  • DCF appeal for false allegation of child abuse
  • DCF appeal for supported false allegation of child abuse
  • Relatives/grandparents custody and other third-party custody
  • Special Investigative Unit
  • DCF formal discovery
  • DCF informal discovery

In Court

Attorney Seaver will represent you in three possible courts: Juvenile Court, Probate and Family Court, and the appeals for (Superior Court, Supreme Judicial Court, and Appellate Court) which includes but is not limited to:

What We Do - Law Office of Kevin Seaver - DCF Defense Attorney

  • DCF affidavit
  • DCF Care and protection petition
  • DCF Fair Hearing
  • DCF Custody
  • DCF Emergency removal and non-emergency removal of children
  • 72-hour hearing
  • Motion Status Court hearing
  • Pre-trial conference
  • Trial
  • Post-Trial Motions
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Visitation
  • Adoption and open adoption agreements
  • Surrender of parental rights
  • DCF placement
  • DCF out of state placement
  • DCF Inner state compact placement
  • Foster Care
  • DCF Foster Care review
  • DCF Joint Investigation with Law Enforcement and District Attorney
  • Children Requiring Assistance (CRA)
  • Collateral family law proceedings
  • Extraordinary medical treatment
  • Investigating reports of abuse or neglect across state lines
  • Special Investigative Unit
  • DCF formal discovery
  • DCF informal discovery
  • Discovery from Guardian adLiter (GAL)
  • Discovery from a Court Appointed Advocate (CASA)
  • DCF administrative process
  • Judiciary review of administrative appeal
  • Interlocutory appeals
  • Right to review and re-determination
  • Temporary trial custody
  • Punitive father or adjudicative father
  • Post Termination Visitation
  • Post Adoption Visitation
  • DCF Superior Court Appeals
  • Supreme Judiciary Court
  • Appellate Court

Are you involved with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)? Call Attorney Seaver or Request Online A Free Consultation