Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services has the authority to open an investigation into child abuse or neglect. In some instances the child can be removed from the parents immediately if sufficient safety concerns are identified. If the Department of Social Services takes custody of a child there are important legal rights that apply to each of the parties involved. In South Dakota the Department of Social Services always has a lawyer representing it through either the Attorney General’s Office or the local State’s Attorney’s Office.
Termination of Parental Rights
Termination of parental rights is a potential consequence in abuse and neglect cases, and they must be taken very seriously. Laughlin Law in Sioux Falls, SD has represented numerous mothers, fathers and children going through the abuse and neglect system.
Abuse and Neglect Expertise
We have experience at every stage of the abuse and neglect process, including representation at the Temporary Custody Hearing, Adjudicatory Hearing, Disposition and Appeals to the South Dakota Supreme Court. We can advise you of your legal rights and help you work toward the most beneficial resolution of the case for you. Our goal is to successfully reunite a family whenever possible.