After allegations of child abuse and or neglect are supported by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (MA DCF), DCF may start a DCF Assessment for your family. DCF has 60 working days (three months) to perform one on your family. This does not include weekends or holidays
DCF will come to your home a minimum of three times to speak to you and your children.
When a DCF assessment is being completed and the family refuses to cooperate, the worker may talk with his/her supervisor and the Area Director to determine if the children are at risk and if any legal action needs to be taken.
At the end of the 60-working days (three months), the social worker and supervisor will determine whether the case will remain open or closed. When DCF chooses keep a case open, they will decide what services are necessary for the family. They will put their recommendations for services into an action plan. This action plan will be different for each family.
Frequently Ask DCF Family Assessments Questions
A DCF Family Assessment is a phase in a DCF case which happens after the investigation. During the assessment, a new social worker works with the family to offer services to help the children and parents fix their issues.
The assessment should last for 60 working days (three months). This does not include weekends or holidays.
During the assessment, a social worker visits your home at least three times.
At the end of the assessment, the social worker will decide to either keep your case open and continue visiting your house, or to close your case. Everything the social worker does and finds out during the assessment is written down into a “case dictation” report.
Yes! You want to get DCF out of your life as soon as possible. The best way to do so is to hire an experienced DCF lawyer who knows the ins and outs of DCF’s process. When DCF is in your life, you have the right to speak with an attorney at any time.
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Kevin Seaver is a trusted Massachusetts DCF lawyer specialized in DCF Law since 1991.