As of this writing, there is no good text on full-service DCF defense law for adults. The ABA offerings in this area are woefully inadequate, almost to the point of embarrassment.
A copy of our internal office memo, “DCF Defense Protocol”, will be sent via e-mail to any lawyer who requests it, by sending an e-mail to: AttyMikeA@agranofflaw.com Hopefully, the Protocol, along with this web site, will provide guidance.
We also have a considerable data base of motions, briefs, letters, court forms, substantiation decisions, facility lists, and other items that may be useful in DCF defense. Many of these may be shared with other lawyers upon request.
We will help you to prepare your client for a psychological evaluation. We fully explain the purpose and limits of the evaluation, and provide guidelines for client actions during the evaluation. This has proven extremely useful for clients who have never undergone these evaluations before. See: How does a psychological evaluation work? Terms and conditions will be discussed upon request.
We are also available for second opinions. Those who are not experienced in DCF defense law need not hesitate to ask.
If any lawyer wishes to join us in our Connecticut lobbying efforts, please let me know. We have a registered lobbyist at the State Capitol. However, we cannot help in efforts to increase pay and expense reimbursement for court-appointed lawyers. We propose legislation, and we stay aware of legislation and regulations proposed by DCF. We often provide written testimony. In addition, we attempt to enact Practice Book rule changes through the Judicial Department's Rules Committee.
Atty. Michael H. Agranoff
Revised: February, 2013