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DCF has Temporary Custody, Now What do I do?

Once the Court finds an imminent risk of abuse or neglect exists, or the parent(s) waive their 72-hour hearing, DCF has temporary custody of the children. The Department of Children and Families will place the child first with kin, but if kin cannot be located, they will place the children in foster care.  Thereafter, the parents may only be entitled to 1-hour supervised visits at the DCF office. Generally speaking, the DCF goal for children at this juncture should be “reunification of the family.”

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