Child Protection Lawyers Adelaide
In the event you have had a child or children removed from your care, please urgently contact Ms Ursula Matson, Barrister & Solicitor and Senior Associate at Scammell & Co, who has 18 years’ experience representing parents and legal guardians in this jurisdiction.
Having a child removed by the Department for Child Protection (Families SA) is possibly the most traumatic experience a person can have and Ms Matson appreciates this is the case and how much support you will need to cope with the legal proceedings that accompany such an event. The court proceedings at the Adelaide Youth Court get underway very quickly when a child is removed and you will need to seek representation urgently. It may also be the case that your child/children have been in care for some time and you wish to make an application to revoke a care and protection order to enable your child/children to be returned to your care. If so, we can assist with such an application. We are happy to represent you if you are legal aid funded, however if you are not eligible for legal aid, we will tailor our fees to your financial situation should you be in poor financial circumstances.
Upon removal of a child, the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection will apply for investigation and assessment orders for a period of 3 months. At the conclusion of this period, the Chief Executive may then apply for care and protection (guardianship) of the child. We will endeavour to defend such applications and explore methods of resolving the applications, such as agreeing to withdrawal of the application upon you signing a safety plan or entering into undertakings for 12 or so months. There are other alternatives that we will explore with you as the matter unfolds.
NB. Please note there is no legal aid available for applications to revoke orders.
For urgent matters please call Ursula Matson on 0422 055 968
FAQs Click on the questions below to reveal the answer.
What power does the Court have at the beginning of an application to remove a child?
Prior to the trial of an application for care and protection orders/final court date in investigation and assessment applications, the Court must make interim orders in terms of the application out of an abundance of caution and in case a child is at risk.