Who are these people making claims against me?!
For parents there is sometimes nothing scarier than hearing from ACS (New York City Administration for Children's Services. Often times the letters, phone calls or visits from an agent are unwarranted. It is possible a spiteful ex or an erroneous report from a hospital visit might report to ACS that your child is being physically abused or neglected.
Errors are common and is often the case due to mandated reporters.
Who is a mandated reporter?
Certain professionals are required by law to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the New York State Central Register (SCR) of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, also known as the Child Abuse Hotline. The law also assigns civil and criminal liability to those professionals who fail to comply with their mandated reporter abilities.
Mandated reporters are required to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment – or cause a report to be made – when, in their professional roles, they are presented with reasonable cause to suspect abuse or maltreatment.
Reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment means that, based on your observations, professional training and experience, you feel the parent or person legally responsible for a child has harmed that child or placed that child in imminent danger or harm.
Such reports can be detrimental to your custody of your child, professional license or even your divorce proceeding. If you find yourself in need of representation before the ACS, do not hesitate, call Law Offices of Mindin & Mindin, P.C. so that we may assist you through this process. Call us at 888-501-3292 or send us an e-mail using the Contact Form