Oklahoma DHS | Child Welfare | Adoption Attorney
Having the state remove your child from your care is one of the most traumatic things a parent can experience. Similarly traumatic are situations where beloved grandchildren are removed from their parents by the state and potentially placed with strangers, despite the availability of family members willing to take them in. People in these situations need a lawyer experienced in dealing with these issues.
Compassionate Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys
Conflicts that involve the health, welfare and happiness of any child are often difficult. We understand the frustration and anxiety that our clients are feeling when family law issues are being haggled out in court and we are dedicated to helping each and every one of our clients get the resolutions they desire. Keeping and bringing families together is our ultimate goal, regardless of what obstacles stand in our way.
The attorneys at Owens Law Office, PC realize that Oklahoma family law litigation often deals with matters of the heart. Some of the cases we handle include:
- Natural parents’ rights
- Grandparents’ rights
- Foster parents’ rights
- Adoption of foster children
Fighting For Custody With DHS/Child Welfare
Although (Department of Human Services) DHS is charged with looking out for the welfare of children, they often make incorrect judgment calls, consequently ripping decent and loving families apart for no reason. These situations are extremely delicate and time-sensitive and you need to be able to present your side of the case and bring your children home where they belong as soon as possible.
We know that children are happiest in their homes with their families. We have experience fighting DHS and we are well-versed in the Oklahoma child custody laws. Our knowledge and skill will guide you through this emotional and stressful journey so that you can get your kids back quickly and efficiently. Our aim is to bring your family back together with the least amount of emotional damage as possible.
If DHS has taken your child or children, it is critical that you secure legal representation immediately.
Foster Parents Have Legal Rights, Too
Children who are temporarily or permanently taken away from the natural parents by DHS or who are left without a legally responsible guardian are typically placed in foster homes. It takes a special type of person to become a foster parent. Foster parents have unique relationships with the children in their care. The desire to share your home, your life, and your love with a child creates a sense of stability and permanency for children who are lost in a cruel system that often forgets children have emotional and psychological needs, as well as physical needs.
As a foster parent, you may feel like you have no legal right to fight for a child you have fallen in love with. Most foster parents do not understand the extent of their rights. That is why the attorneys at Owens Law Office, PC have devoted their efforts to advocating for foster parents and children. Foster parents and foster children in Oklahoma have rights, too.
If you are a foster parent and you feel that you rights or the rights of your foster child have been violated, contact an Oklahoma family law attorney who knows how to negotiate the legal system to your advantage. We want to help you and your family preserve your unity. We will provide you will a free confidential consultation on your case today.
Oklahoma City Adoption
If you have decided that you want to adopt your foster child, you will need the assistance and guidance of an experienced Oklahoma adoption lawyer. Cases involving adoption and foster children can be stressful and emotional, especially when rights of the natural parents are being terminated. You need an Oklahoma adoption attorney who can relate and understands exactly how you feel and will guide you through the entire process as seamlessly as possible.
Phillip P. Owens and his wife have been through having foster children. He not only knows the adoption process from a foster parent’s perspective, but he also knows it from an attorney’s standpoint. Contact our office today for a consultation.
Keeping Your Family’s Best Interest at Heart
The Oklahoma judges typically consider the child’s best interests when DHS/child welfare, foster, and adoption issues are brought to the courts. Generally, the child’s health and safety are also considered during any court proceedings, and sometimes, the child’s age, attachment issues, physical, mental and emotional state and well-being, and the child’s preferences are taken into consideration.
Ask an Experienced Oklahoma City Lawyer for Help
At Owens Law Office, PC, we are experienced in dealing with Oklahoma DHS. Attorney Phillip P. Owens II has represented parents and grandparents in securing the return of their children or grandchildren, whether in the DHS system or in juvenile deprived cases. He has also represented day care providers against attempts by DHS to shut them down and revoke their licenses.