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Guiding clients facing CPS/ACS matters

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Child neglect and abuse continue to be a real problem in the United States. New York is proactive and aggressive towards any allegation of child abuse or neglect. Those who see signs of neglect or abuse often report their findings to the authorities, including Child Protective Services (CPS) or the Administration far Children’s Services (ACS), even if there is nothing to support it. Some individuals are “mandated reporters.” These people are legally obligated to report findings of abuse or neglect because they are civil servants. Some of these people include:

  • School administrators and educators
  • Medical professionals
  • Social workers
  • Law enforcement

Failing to report matters could hold these professionals liable in the criminal and civil legal system. With that in mind, many people are accused of neglect and abuse because of another person’s “perception” of a situation. This could impact one’s family, employment, and social life. The stigma of even an accusation can devastate one’s life. If you need a quality legal team to advocate on your behalf, contact Penichet & Alberga LLP. With over 100 years of experience, our attorneys are widely known for successfully handling cases related to child protective services for clients across New York.

Defining child abuse and neglect

The state has a wide range of issues that constitute neglect and abuse. Many of these issue can be confused for blameless acts. Some of the signs of neglect and abuse include:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment


Any allegations of abuse or neglect in the state of New York should be reported to Administration for Children’s Services in New York City or Child Protective Services anywhere else in the state. When people contact the authorities, they may choose one of these two institutions, depending on their location.

When a report is filed

Either CPS or ACS will immediately investigate the matter, often within 24 hours of a case being reported. An official from either will inspect the safety of the named child and any other minors that live in the house of question. Their main priority is to assess the safety of the children if they were to stay at home and act accordingly. If necessary, CPS and ACS has the authority to take a child into protective custody in order to guard them from further abuse or neglect. CPS and ACS has 60 days to determine if the case is “unfounded” or “indicated.” According to what the court deems appropriate, the necessary steps will be taken to secure the safety of any child reported to the authorities.

Contact an experienced CPS/ACS law firm

Penichet & Alberga LLP celebrates a reputation for excellence fueled by years of successful results. If you are accused of child abuse or neglect, you need a law firm that can fight for your family. CPS and ACS matters can easily escalate. You need a law firm that understands how these institutions function and use that knowledge to protect your rights and family. If you need high-caliber law services from a determined and committed law firm, call 914-806-6675 or contact our offices in White Plains for a consultation.