Your rights at a shelter hearing and in a dependency case are in some ways very similar to the rights that you have in a criminal case. You do have the right to representation by an attorney, if you choose. You also have the right to call witnesses to testify for you at that shelter hearing. You also have the right to confront the witnesses and cross-examine them that are brought by DCF to testify against you. You have the right to go to that hearing, argue your case, and make an argument as to why the children should not be sheltered. Very similar to the rights that you would have if you were being criminally prosecuted.
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