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Practice Concentrated in DCF Defense Law

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The Law Offices of Michael H. Agranoff provides help to adult clients who have serious problems with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), who have been accused of child abuse or child neglect, or who are involved in any way with the Connecticut Juvenile Court. We feature:

  • Aggressive Representation for Adult Clients in DCF Matters
  • Experience in Representing Families in Juvenile Court since 1991
  • Reasonable Fees
  • Visa, MasterCard and Discover Accepted
  • Convenient Appointments - weekends and home visits if needed
  • Free and Easy Parking
  • Friendly Service
  • Excellent Staff
  • E-mail Communication Encouraged

We provide full-service DCF defense for adults. We do not represent adults in state-paid cases. We do represent DCF social workers who are themselves in difficulties with the Department. Our goal is to reunite families, and get DCF out of your life, whenever possible.

We deal with clients honestly, openly, and in plain language.


DCF is a State agency that can remove your kids without a jury trial.

It is not a law firm, and it is not your lawyer.

You should never seek, or accept, legal advice from DCF. Never.


DCF defense is like no other area of law. For all practical purposes, it is up to YOU to prove that your family can manage without DCF. We understand this, we understand DCF, and we are dedicated to family values.

FOR IMMEDIATE PROBLEMS, see What to do when DCF Calls

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, see Help with DCF Problems

FOR UNEXPLAINED INJURIES.  If your child has an unexplained fracture, bruising, or head injury, you will almost certainly be grilled in the hospital. DCF and the police will also be called. IMMEDIATELY read The Problem of Unexplained Fractures and Head Injuries, and call our office.  Do not try to defend yourself to DCF, child abuse pediatricians, or the police; it almost never works.

FOR DAYCARE MATTERS, see Day Care Compliance

FOR FAMILY COURT MATTERS, see Divorce and Post Judgment matters

FOR DCF REGISTRY REMOVAL, see Substantiations/Registry

FOR DOUBTERS, see Bernard and Elizabeth

FOR CHILD WELFARE MATTERS, see Voluntary Services


Important Notice

This Web Site is intended to provide general information only, as a public service. It does not constitute legal advice, and it is not intended as a substitute for personally consulting a licensed Connecticut attorney. Please contact a licensed Connecticut attorney for legal advice in Connecticut. Transmission and receipt of this information does not create or constitute an attorney-client relationship.

SPECIAL NOTICE: All examples of cases on this web site illustrate actual cases that we have handled, with only names changed; and are related truthfully and in good faith. However, this is not a guarantee that any other person will achieve the same results in his or her own case. Different factual patterns lead to different results. Sometimes luck is involved. Client attitude matters. WE USE OUR BEST EFFORTS, BUT SUCCESS ON ANY GIVEN CASE CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.