Hello and thank you for joining me here today. My name is Kevin Seaver and I’m a trusted lawyer since 1991 recognized expert, successfully specializing in fighting the Department of Children and Families more commonly referred to as DCF throughout the entire commonwealth of Massachusetts, turning negatives into positives in and out of court.
Today, I want to talk about the termination of parental rights (TPR). That is akin to a felony without parole when a parent loses their rights to their child. You may not ever see your children again. And therefore from the very beginning of your care and protection case when you walk through those doors and they hand you the affidavit or petition or a piece of paper telling you to return to court and read everything and understand that you are involved with the possibility of having your rights as a parent taken away forever.
Now if that doesn’t get your attention, nothing will. When the clock is running and the clock is ticking within one year the Department of Children and Families must be the determination of what to do with your child or children.
If your children are in foster care the first step you’ve got to get and do is get them out of foster care. More importantly, get them with family so you can access visitation. Within 6 months, if your child is in foster they will do the foster care review. That is where the goal can be changed from reunification to adoption.
That is a really important legal right that you must exercise and have yourself and your lawyer, Attorney Kevin Seaver.
I want to tell you that you cannot procrastinate.
You must immediately take action from the first day you have a care and protection and moving forward in a positive fashion. Get your action plan from DCF. Take positive steps, see your children, visit your children and push, push, push. These are not DCF’s children, they are your children.
In the last few weeks, I’ve had four different families come into me and tell me how the goal was changed from reunification to adoption, and they did not know what to do and they had a trial within the next month or two.
That is not enough time for any lawyer to fight back DCF. When they have procrastinated for well over a year and all the sudden it’s going to trial. And the family is absolutely positively devastated.
So If your a family member or a parent, an aunt or an uncle, grandmother, anyone, friend or neighbor, it does not matter who and there is a child in foster care or is involved with the care and protection, that goal can possibly be adoption. With the termination of parental rights and not only may the parent perhaps never see the child again but the rights of the grandparents, the aunts, and the uncles, the brothers, the sisters, the siblings all run through the parents. And if their rights are terminated, the family may never see that child again. If that does not get you up off the couch to put down clicker and take action, nothing will. And that’s the biggest mistake I see in all these cases that parents, wait, wait, and wait, procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate and it’s not fair to the children to be stuck in foster care for a long period of time. It is the federal and state law, it is mandated that DCF makes decisions at a timely fashion, quick fast for the permanency of children which is in their best interest.
If you’re a parent, and you’re procrastinating shame on you and shame on all the family members. I implore you I beg you I plead you take action now. Call me, call attorney Seaver before the goal of reunification is changed to adoption. Call me at 617-263-2633. Again, call me, call me now, before the goal is changed from reunification to adoption at 617-263-2633. I wish you sincerely good luck and thank you for watching.