The Family Advocacy Unit uses a holistic family defense model to help parents involved with the child welfare system maintain custody of or reunite with their children. Our team of attorneys, paralegals, and social workers provides representation and support to help families in and out of court. The FAU represents parents in dependency court, helps parents during investigations of allegations of neglect or abuse that occur outside of the court process, and advocates for changes in policies to improve outcomes for families.
The FAU operates a hotline for parents who are being investigated by DHS on abuse or neglect allegations. Our attorneys, paralegals, and social workers assist parents to navigate DHS investigations, resolve disputes with DHS, and offer legal advice before a parent is taken to court and are appointed a lawyer. See below for the hotline number and hours.