The interactions of abuse and neglect placement plans with return of the child

July 29, 2020

Any time a family court finds a parent has abused or neglected his or her child, it will offer that parent a placement plan (sometimes

The Folly of Fighting Child Protective Services after a Merits Finding

July 2, 2020

Early in my career, when family court attorneys were still being court appointed to represent indigent parents in abuse and neglect proceedings, I developed a

Court of Appeals reverses family court’s finding of child abandonment

February 13, 2019

On February 13, 2019, the Court of Appeals reversed a family court’s finding that adoptive parents abandoned their teenage child in the case of SCDSS

South Carolina Supreme Court holds child abuse examiners are not to be used as expert witnesses

August 5, 2015

In a criminal appeal that has implications for family law attorneys who defend abuse and neglect proceedings, on August 5, 2015, in the case of

Court of Appeals requires DSS to offer mother more treatment

August 3, 2015

The August 3, 2015 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Briggs 413 S.C. 377, 776 S.E.2d 115 (Ct. App. 2015), reverses a family court determination

Court of Appeals highly critical of Charleston County’s Abuse and Neglect proceedings’ procedures

September 3, 2014

The September 3, 2014 Court of Appeals decision in SCDSS v.  Hogan, 410 S.C. 120, 763 S.E.2d 219 (Ct. App. 2014), is highly critical of the method

Supreme Court reverses sexual abuse finding based on improperly admitted forensic child interviews

September 26, 2013

A split decision in the September 25, 2013 South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in SCDSS v. Pringle, 405 S.C. 608, 749 S.E.2d 301 (2013), reserved a finding

Court of Appeals reverses permanency plan of termination of parental rights where Mother remedied conditions that led to removal

December 23, 2011

In the December 16, 2011 opinion in SCDSS v. Mother and Father, 396 S.C. 390, 720 S.E.2d 920 (Ct. App. 2011), the Court of Appeals reversed a