Some common areas that people ask when working with DCF.

  1. DCF is obligated to investigate the 51A report even if it is false. There are some exceptions to the rule. However, there is someone that is called the “Screener” who looks at the 51A to determine whether or not it should be screened in or screened out.
  2. You do not have to let DCF in your home. There are some significant advantages and disadvantages to doing so when it is by case by case basis about whether or not you should or should not do so.
  3. You have legal rights. There are significant rights to keep in mind and it is very important to speak to an attorney about which rights you have.
  4. The DCF process has a lot of questions that are not necessarily relevant to the particulars in your case and it supposed to be thorough. There are some advantages and disadvantages to choosing to answer or not answer certain questions and again, it is good to have an attorney with you.
  5. DCF can not test you for drugs without you consenting. Again, it is not cookie cutter, but whether you should agree or not agree to having a drug test and whether that would be a urine screen or hair follicle.
  6. DCF workers are people. Some of them are excellent workers and some of them are very poor workers, but it is important to recognize that they are going to have some biases and assumptions. They’re reasoning is that they are trying to help families. Whether that is in fact true or not, is questionable, but it is important not to antagonize DCF for no reason.  For Example, if you do decide to let DCF in your home, being polite, offering a glass of water, offering for them to have a seat are things that are reasonable to do rather than be hostile about everything.