Ianiri Law

Fair Hearings

Abuse & Neglect

Care and Protection

51A Reports

Fair Hearings

Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Massachusetts DCF (DSS) Law

Fair Hearings

The law says that DSS (DCF) must try to unite families, not destroy them. Specifically, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 1 says: "It is hereby declared to be the policy of this Commonwealth to direct its efforts, first, to the strengthening and encouragement of family life for the protection and care of children . . ."  When requesting a fair hearing, you need representation.  Attorney Ianiri knows DSS (DCF) tactics and his thoroughly versed in Massachusetts fair hear proceedings. 

If the 51A report was evaluated and supported by DSS (DCF), you have 30 days from the date of the letter to appeal the decision to support. You should file for a fair hearing to protect your rights.  Many individuals have won their fair hearing appeals, do not believe the DSS (DCF) case worker if they say otherwise.  We can assist you with filing the appeal and represent you at the hearing. Contact the Law Office of James M. Ianiri today for a free consultation.