Question & Answers about your parental rights

First, I am not an attorney.
This is the first and foremost thing that family rights advocates and activists will tell you is to know your rights when it comes to Child Protective Services.

What rights does DFCS have on investigating my children?

This comes into play when a mandated reporter or this could be any individual contacts dfacs and reports a child is being abused or neglected.  HOWEVER, I am going to tell you a little more than that.

When parent(s) contact me I go through a series of steps to get you started in protecting what is yours, (family).  Through Georgia Coalition for Child Protection Reform, we give you protection – protection for your family.

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Pro Bono Organizations and Opportunities

Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program, The Access to Justice Foundation
Director: Jacqueline S. Duncan
Primary Address: 535 West Second Street, Suite 101
City: Lexington
State: KY
Zip: 40508-1284
email: (link sends e-mail)


Volunteer Lawyers for Appalachian Kentucky (APPALRED)
View a listing of current pro bono opportunities (link is external)
Primary Address:  121 N. Front Ave
City:  Prestonsburg
State: KY
Zip: 41653-1204
General Phone: 606-886-3876
Fax: 606-886-3704

Counties Served: 37 Counties: Adair, Bell, Breathitt, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Harlan Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Monroe, Owlsey, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe

Case Types: AIDS/HIV, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Elder Law, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, Wills and Estates, Paternity

Case Restrictions: Limited on the types of cases we can handle and the number of cases we can place because the need is so high.


Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers, Inc.
Director: Lynette Guzzino
Primary Address: 302 Greenup St
City: Covington
State:  KY
Zip: 41011-1740
General Phone: 859-431-8200
Fax: 859-431-3009

Counties Served: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton

Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Housing, Immigration, Individual Rights, Juvenile, Real Estate, Wills and Estates

Case Restrictions:  US citizen or resident alien


Fayette County Bar Association Pro Bono Program, Inc. (LAWCARE)
Director: Tammie Haddix
Primary Address: 122 N Broadway
City:  Lexington
State: KY
Zip: 40507-1227
General Phone: 859-255-7244
Fax: 859-254-4573

Counties Served: Fayette ONLY

Case Types: Consumer, Housing, Torts, Family Law

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Pro Bono Project-Morehead
Director: Teresa Mason
Primary Address:  P.O. Box 1040
City:  Morehead
State: KY
Zip: 40351- 1040
General Phone: 606-784-8921
Intake Phone: 800-274-5863
Fax: 606-783-1342

Counties Served:  Bath, Bracken, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan

Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Dissolution of Marriage, Wills and Estates

Case Restrictions: Client must be primary caretaker.

Boyd County

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Pro Bono Project-Ashland
Director: Elizabeth Thomas
Primary Address:  PO Box 1147
City:  Ashland
State: KY
Zip: 41105-1147
Phone: 877-295-4137; 606-329-1321
Fax: 606-325-0615

Counties Served: Boyd, Greenup & Lewis County referrals

Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Dissolution of Marriage, Wills and Estates

Case Restrictions: Client must be primary caretaker.


Lawyers Care Volunteer Attorney Program
Primary Address:  1700 Destiny Lane
City:  Bowling Green
State: KY
Zip: 42104
General Phone:  270 780-8886
Intake Phone: 866 452-9243
Fax: 270 467-0528

Counties Served: Allen, Ballard, Barren, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Green, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Webster

Case Types: Bankruptcy, Consumer law, Family law, Education, Elder Law, Employment law, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Real Estate, Torts, Wills and Estates


Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer Program
View a listing of current pro bono opportunities (link is external)
Primary Address:  416 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Suite 300
City:  Louisville
State: KY
Zip: 40202
General Phone: 502-584-1254
Intake Phone: 800-292-1862
Fax: 502-584-8014

Counties Served: Breckenridge, Bullitt Nelson, Grayson, Hardin, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington
Phone: 859-255-9913 x12
Fax: 859-231-5356


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FOSTER CARE FACT FOR THE DAY: The federal government paid  incentives of$31, 751,494, plus an additional $20 million per state in bonuses, if they exceeded last year’s foster care numbers. State foster care gets $25,782, per child, per year, plus local matching funds.

Source: National Council for Adoption

What is CAPTA?

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2010

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is one of the key pieces of legislation that guides child protection. CAPTA, in its original inception, was signed into law on January 31, 1974. It has been amended several times and its last amendment was in December of 2010.  This act was to oversee wrong doings by Child Protective Services but also to liaison with the agency as an extra “pair of hands, set of eyes” in the field of protecting children. They set up citizen review panels in every state to oversee CPS to verify if the cases were valid. But like the ombudsman program, the citizen review panel has been corrupted because its powered by the Child Protective Services budget.

Here is a link to read CAPTA 2010 in full:

Title IV-E Funding- States Get a Bonsus for Adopting Out Children- No Wonder They Are Snatching Them

Title IV-E Funding- States Get a Bonus for Adopting Out Children- No Wonder They Are Snatching Them.