Child Protective Proceedings Rights and Responsibilities

In New York City, the agency that brings charges of child abuse or neglect against you is called the New York City Children’s Services (which used to be called the Administration for Children’s Services or ACS. ACS used to be called BCW or CWA.) When the case goes to Family Court, it is called a child protective proceeding.

During a child protective proceeding, Family Court can decide:

    • If you abused or neglected your children

    • If your children will still live with you

    • Where your children will go if they cannot stay with you

When ACS files a child protective proceeding against you, you have rights and responsibilities. A right is something that you are entitled to. A responsibility is something that you must do. Sometimes rights are also responsibilities. Your lawyer, Family Court, and ACS also have responsibilities. These rights and responsibilities are listed below.