Children's Neglect Or Abuse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child at school or in the foster care system, contact an attorney at the Warner Law Offices in Charleston for a free and confidential discussion of the problem. We represent parents – including noncustodial parents – who have reason to be concerned that their children are the victims of child abuse or neglect at school, in day care or in a foster care placement.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is primarily responsible for investigating and screening prospective foster homes for safety, and also runs the statewide Child Abuse Hotline. In some recent cases, however, it has developed that persons with a history of child abuse have received licenses to serve as foster parents, day care providers and workers at after school programs.

At the Warner Law Offices, we are ready to represent parents in lawsuits against the DHHR as well as the actual perpetrators of child abuse on the grounds that the department was negligent in investigating license holders' backgrounds, in investigating complaints or in making unsuitable foster home placements.

We also represent parents in lawsuits involving similar issues of child abuse, whether physical or emotional, involving teachers, coaches, camp counselors and other persons placed in a position of authority and trust over vulnerable children. In cases such as these, the evidentiary challenge is not only to demonstrate that abuse of a child actually occurred, but also to show that supervisory personnel and regulatory agencies were in a position to intervene and failed to do so effectively.

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For more information about our ability to represent your interests in a case of child abuse that involves additional dimensions of professional negligence on the part of the DHHR or another party, call 304-881-0641 (866-617-0522 toll free) or contact us online for a free consultation at the Warner Law Offices in Charleston.