Child Protection

Unfortunately, situations sometimes arise when children need to be protected from their parents or represented in court. Ms. Liukkonen has the knowledge, skills, and experience to thoroughly represent a parent’s  interest in all stages of a child protection case from the initial investigation to a termination of parental rights trial.

Reporting Abuse


According to the Texas Family Code, any person who “has cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect by any person shall immediately make a report.” This means that every adult who has reason to believe a child is being abused must report the abuse. If you suspect that a parent is abusing their child, Ms. Liukkonen is prepared to help you through the process of reporting it to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Termination of Parental Rights


This process legally ends the parent-child relationship, leaving the child in a position to be adopted by someone other than their biological parent. It’s an action that can be extremely complex, as courts do not takes these cases lightly. Parents have the opportunity to prove they are fit for the responsibility and care of the child, but these cases are tough for everyone involved and it is imperative you have an attorney that thoroughly understands all aspects of the process from start to finish. Ms. Liukkonen will support you throughout this process.

Juvenile Delinquency


When a minor (between the ages of 10 and 17) violates a criminal law, the case is typically dealt with in juvenile court. While there are similarities in the process for an adult criminal case, there are more significant differences for juveniles. Juvenile courts believe minors are not as responsible for their actions as adults. They cannot be tried by jury or convicted of a crime, but rather adjudicated of delinquency. Courts also tend to keep juvenile records from the public. Oftentimes an attorney is appointed by the government to represent the child, but parents can also have a private attorney represent your child. There are instances that a juvenile can be tried as an adult and it is important to have an attorney that has experience in handling these complex cases.

Child Protection is a Priority


Ms.  Liukkonen takes child protection cases seriously. Children deserve the best representation available, and she is prepared to provide just that. No matter what type of legal process you’re engaging in, Liukkonen Law always puts the needs of children first and acts in such a way that works in the best interest of children.