A shelter hearing is a hearing right after DCF has come and removed the children from the home. DCF has to file what’s called a petition with the court stating why they took the children from the home, and the court, at the shelter hearing, makes a determination as to whether or not DCF had probable cause to remove the children from the home. If they find probable cause, then the court will order that the children be sheltered and likely say where, and maybe give terms of visitation to the parents. If the court finds that there was not probable cause to shelter the children, then the shelter petition will be denied and the children will have to be returned to the home.




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