The Child in Need of Assistance Attorney in Glen Burnie that Fights for You and Your Child

Let’s devise a strategy for your CINA case. Call our Child in Need of Assistance attorney in Glen Burnie at 443-281-0135.

Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) is a very intricate area of the law. SLF and Attorney Sybblis primarily represent parents and guardians whose children have been removed from their care by the local Department of Social Services (DSS) due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect.

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CINA Cases in Maryland

For a court to consider a child as “in need of assistance,” the local Department of Social Services (DSS) must prove that the child:

  1. Has experienced abuse or neglect, or has a mental disorder or developmental disability; and
  2. His or her parents, custodians, or guardians do not provide appropriate care or fail to provide for his or her needs.

CINA proceedings usually have four stages:

1. Shelter Care

The local DSS files a CINA petition, then a shelter care hearing is scheduled. If the court decides that there’s an emergency and that staying at home compromises the child’s well-being, it may place the child in shelter care. This is a temporary solution; the child usually stays in the shelter for at most 30 days.

2. Adjudication

Adjudication hearing is the second CINA petition filed after shelter care. If the child is placed in shelter care, the adjudication takes place within 30 days. If he or she isn’t, then the adjudication takes place within 30 days.

In the adjudication phase, the court determines if the allegations in the CINA petition filed by the DSS are true. If the allegations of neglect, abuse, or failure to meet the child’s special needs are proven, then the case moves to the disposition phase.

3. Disposition

At this stage, the court decides whether the child is a CINA. It may decide to:

a. Return the child to the parent, under specific conditions;

b. Place the child in foster care; or

c. Give the custody and guardianship to an individual who can give the child proper

4. Permanency Planning

If the child is placed out of home for a minimum of one year after the initial removal, a permanency planning hearing should take place. The court may order that the child:

a. be returned to the custody of the parent or guardian;

b. be placed with a relative (for custody and guardianship or adoption);

c. be placed with a non-relative (for custody and guardianship or adoption); or

d. another living arrangement that would meet the child’s needs

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Working towards the Unification of Your Family

Once DSS and the Courts become involved with a family, it becomes an up-hill battle to regain custody of the children.  At Sybblis Law Firm, LLC, we work diligently with the clients (the parents) to ensure that the DSS provides them the required services which will ultimately facilitate reunification of the family unit.

On our part, we will:

Provide Seasoned Advice

Our team boasts several years of experience in handling CINA matters in Glen Burnie, with Attorney Sybblis taking the lead in devising strategies for a diverse clientele. We have seen CINA cases with various circumstances, so trust that we can provide competent legal advice.

On top of handling CINA cases in Maryland, Attorney Sybblis has also been involved in developing training programs for CINA attorneys and stakeholders. Before establishing the Sybblis Law Firm, LLC, Attorney Sybblis supervised others in this area of the law.

Keep You Fully Informed

CINA cases can be sensitive, as they involve your child. Our compassion sets us apart from other firms in Glen Burnie. We’ll handle your case as if it is the only case we handle; we deliver legal services that have a unique personal touch.

Compassionate Service

CINA cases can be sensitive, as they involve your child. Our compassion sets us apart from other firms in Glen Burnie. We’ll handle your case as if it is the only case we handle; we deliver legal services that have a unique personal touch.

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