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Long Island Family Law Attorney Helps Parents & Other Caretakers During Child Protective Services Investigations in Nassau County and Suffolk County

by | May 17, 2016 | child custody and support, divorce lawyer long island ny, Family Law Attorney, Family Law Lawyer, News and Events

As a Long Island Family Law Attorney, I have helped numerous families through the stressful process of a Child Protective Services investigation in both Nassau County and Suffolk County, NY.

CPS Investigations and the Best Interests of the Child

If a child is removed from a parent’s custody on the grounds of suspected abuse or neglect, this can be a trying time for not only the child, but for the parents and other family members. In many cases, a child will be placed in the care and custody of a family member on a temporary basis for the duration of the Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation. While this temporary custody does not provide long-term legal rights to the care and custody of the child, the placement plays an extremely important role in the child’s sense of safety and wellbeing while a CPS investigation is underway. There is no way of predicting or knowing what the outcome of the investigation will be, so it is most helpful to direct your energy to caring for the child and making sure of your responsibilities as a caretaker are met.

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Put Your Child’s Needs Ahead of Your Own During CPS Investigation

If you are a parent being investigated for abuse or neglect, it can be a very scary and unnerving experience. You might be feeling powerless as you are asked to face your county’s social services department in a family court proceeding. There are certain points that you should keep in mind at all times. Most importantly, you must put the child’s needs ahead of your own. It is also important that you cooperate with the investigation. Fighting or yelling may temporarily relieve your fear and frustration, but will not help your cause. While remaining calm through your frustration may seem impossible, a record of reliability, respectfulness and a willingness to cooperate with the authorities will get you much further in your quest to keep your child with you.

Take Copious Notes About Everything Related to Case

It is also important for you to keep notes and write down as much as you can about all events, witnesses, and discussions related to the case. This will help you to protect yourself from false claims against you by providing a written record of all related occurrences. Cooperating with all recommendations for treatment and parenting classes, as well as showing up for every court appearance and appointment will show that you are holding yourself accountable and will do whatever it takes to protect your child. If you have a problem with anger management or drug or alcohol abuse, these can be lifelong struggles that require constant attention to keep in check. Because it is your relationship with your child that is at risk, take your treatment options seriously and commit to a long-term plan of health and sobriety. Pursuing treatment and counseling will not make you appear to be a weak parent; in fact, it will make you appear more concerned, responsible, and committed to the health and safety of your child. It is important that you take these issues seriously, and demonstrate your willingness to make positive changes in your life.

Seek Assistance from an Experienced Long Island Family Law Attorney

While CPS involvement is certainly not an ideal situation, the emergency removal of a child from his home is for his or her own safety. Keeping this mind, while also knowing and protecting your rights as a parent, grandparent, or other relative providing care, can ultimately help you to keep your child safe and your family together. If you are a parent who is the focus of a child protective services investigation, a noncustodial parent concerned about abuse or neglect, or a relative caretaker with questions about your role in a child protective proceeding, contact the trusted, experienced family law attorneys at the Law Office of Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. at 631-923-1910 for a free consultation with a family law attorney.

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Everett Roberts
Everett Roberts
14:30 18 Mar 20
Going through a divorce was very challenging and emotional. Searching for an attorney can be challenging as well when you consider everything that is at stake. The choice I made to work with Rob Hornberger was surely the best choice available. His professionalism, expertise, and understanding made him and the entire team perfectly suited to achieve the outcomes I desired. Rob was always available to answer my questions and give me advice and legal considerations that affected my situation. The support I received from his staff was exemplary as well. The staff was courteous, kind, and also very professional. Thank you so much Rob and team for a worry free experience.
Annemarie Cusumano
Annemarie Cusumano
21:41 17 Mar 20
Being in family court especially when your children are on the line is extremely emotional and stressful but working with Robert and Christine put me at ease and made the process as pleasant as a situation like that can be. I have a now 3 year old daughter (who is the most important person in my life) and I've been working with them for over two years since my daughter was 7 months old, the case has been up and down and through it all Rob and Christine have never given up. My original case was due to a neglect charge. Cps is not easy to work with, but Rob and Christine were vigilant and I ended up getting my daughter back within 8 months and did not have to plead guilty to the neglect. Currently I am in family court to figure out a custody agreement. They are professional, empathetic, and patient. They have always explained everything thoroughly, informed me of all my options and advised me of what my best option would be. They always respond quickly when I contact them with questions or concerns and most importantly they fight for me in court and don't give up even when things get rough. Before hiring Rob and Christine I met with other attorneys who did not make me feel confident or comfortable at all about my case, so I am very grateful to have found Rob and Christine and to be represented by such great attorneys. I highly recommend them for any family court matters and will definitely continue to use them in the future if needed.
Steven Frierman
Steven Frierman
02:25 07 Mar 20
After meeting with 3 different lawyers, we felt Robert understood us best and he genuinely had our best interests at heart. This helped us resolve a few minor issues in a timely fashion and make a potentially stressful situation go more smoothly.Thank you
Randi Gottlieb
Randi Gottlieb
18:47 03 Mar 20
Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. - Mr. Robert Hornberger and his staff are beyond professional, they quickly gave me my consultation appointment, and helped me with an after-Divorce issue. Mr. Hornberger was empathetic and explained to me what I should expect. Mr. Hornberger was extremely professional and advised me of my options, he helped me proceed with accurate and smart decisions. I wish I had Mr. Hornberger and his highly recommended staff when I was getting divorced. I would highly recommend Robert and his staff to anyone who is getting a divorce or in need of help with situations after the divorce!
Rob Spielmann
Rob Spielmann
22:15 27 Feb 20
They made our process so easy. They were there to answer and help with any questions that came up. Very friendly


  • I have known Robert for more than 8 eight years. Robert has represented many of my family and friends. Each and every one has raved about Robert’s professionalism and expertise. He is knowledgable, friendly and truly cares about his clients. I would not hesitate to continue to refer Robert and his firm in the future!
  • I’ve known Robert for most of my life, and feel very fortunate that I have been able to turn to a good friend for various kinds of legal advice. He is very intelligent, straight forward, and professional. Most importantly though, Robert always finds the fastest resolution, and will not waste your time or money. He is NOT in the habit of dragging things through litigation if there is no need for the added expense. I have referred a few of my friends to Robert, and they have all been more than satisfied in their experience with him. Highly recommend!!



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