When the Missouri Department of Social Services launches child abuse investigations, they investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the case. The Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board (CANRB) will either make a preliminary finding that the abuse/neglect occurred under a preponderance of the evidence standard or a finding that no abuse/neglect occurred. If the Board finds that abuse or neglect occurred, they will notify the alleged perpetrator. At this time, the alleged perpetrator has 60 days to file for and request administrative review. This will enable the alleged perpetrator to have a hearing in front of the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. If the CANRB upholds its preliminary finding of abuse and neglect, the alleged perpetrator has one final course of action – to file for de novo judicial review in the county where the alleged abuse occurred.
If you or someone you know is the subject of an investigation by the Missouri Department of Social Services, it is imperative that you immediately seek an experienced lawyer who will protect your interests and choose the best approach to take with your case.At Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C., our lawyers are experienced in vigorously defending individuals at Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board hearings. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.