A care and protection case is when a Petitioner (usually DCF) claims that a child is at risk of abuse or neglect while in the parents care. The case would be heard by a Juvenile Court Judge. This is something that is very serious and it can result potentially in termination of your parental rights. There is a process where you can have a 72-hour hearing. This is where you can file Motions and DCF’s main goal is reunification or at least has to be a dual goal; so that parents can always show that they are doing well and they can improve their situation even if the allegations are proof to be true at the beginning of the case.