7417 Kingston Pike Suite105
Knoxville, TN 37919


Knoxville DCS Department of Children Services Attorneys

Tennessee CPS Child Protective Services Lawyers

If you are accused of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, you can expect to be investigated by the Tennessee Department of Children Services (DCS). The results of an investigation may result in your child being taken from you, and you may also face criminal charges. In a situation like this, you need an experienced Knoxville DCS Lawyer who has the experience to help you.

We offer compassionate and effective legal solutions to clients who are under the investigation of DCS or who are interested in requesting guardianships over their children. Our legal team can conduct our own investigation, collect supporting evidence, and negotiate with the courts, so we can help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Child Abuse & Neglect Investigations

Tennessee law mandates that Child Protective Services (CPS) investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Interviews of the child, alleged abuser, parents, and witnesses are conducted separately. During the first phases of an investigation, observers will observe the child’s environment and a medical examiner will examine the child’s condition or treat any injuries the child may have.

After the initial phases of investigation are complete, the investigator will give an preliminary assessment made – P1, P2, or P3 status:

  • P1 – the child is in immediate danger and needs to be removed.
  • P2 – the child should be removed within 24 hours
  • P3 – the child should be removed within 48 hours

DCS investigators have the right to inspect the premises. Parents can cooperate with the investigation. In the event of noncompliance, the court can order compliance with the help of law enforcement.

What is Tennessee’s DCS investigation process?

If DCS determines the child was abused or neglected, or is in need of treatment or rehabilitation, the child will be taken into their custody. In addition, if a parent receives an “allegation indicated” letter (meaning alleged abuse occurred, but no abuser was identified) or a “perpetrator indicated” letter, he/she can submit an appeal – in writing – to the local DCS office.

Within 30 days of an investigation, DCS will schedule a home visit and a meeting between parents and DCS representatives. To win custody back, the team must create a permanency plan that outlines the steps parents must take.

Upon successfully following the permanency plan and obtaining judicial approval, a child will be released from DSC to the parents. In the event that the parents fail to comply with the plan, a judge can terminate their parental rights.

Contact A Knoxville DCS CPS Defense Lawyer For Help

A DCS investigation can be emotionally draining, so you need a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer on your side throughout the process. Our Knoxville DCS attorneys can guide you through the complexities of the investigation process while protecting your rights and interests. Time is of the essence – contact us right away for help!

Mark was great during the whole process. He returned phone calls, and text messages quickly, and with solid information. When we went to the courthouse to sign documents, he was there, and helped with questions from the judge.


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7417 Kingston Pike Suite105
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