How does a hearing in front of the Judge get started regarding a dependency case?
Typically, an investigation begins once a report is received by DCF or law enforcement that alleges abuse, abandonment or neglect of a minor child. The investigation will determine whether there is a need to provide services to ensure the safety of the child in the home or if the child must be removed from the care of the parent/custodian and placed in the temporary custody of DCF for shelter care. If the child is removed, a shelter hearing will be held within 24 hours. The investigator or child welfare worker will advise where and when the shelter hearing will occur.