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Order for Protective Custody

If a DHS social worker needs to request a Order for Protective Custody Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm:

  • The social worker should call the DHS court desk at Family Court (686-7224). DHS court representatives on duty will present the facts that support the request for the Order for Protective Custody to one of the dependent Family Court judges. The judge will determine whether the facts are legally sufficient to grant the Order for Protective Custody. If the Order for Protective Custody is granted, the social worker may take the child into custody.

If a DHS social worker needs to request a Order for Protective Custody on Monday through Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:30am, on weekends (from 4:30pm Friday to 8:30am Monday), or on a holiday:
  • The social worker should call the DHS child abuse hotline at 683-6100. The Hotline social workers on duty will contact the city solicitor on emergency duty through the City Hall Communications Office. Either the Hotline social worker or the assigned social worker will talk to the city solicitor and prepare the paperwork for the Order for Protective Custody. The city solicitor will contact the emergency judge to request the Order for Protective Custody. After speaking with the judge, the city solicitor will contact either the Hotline social worker or the assigned social worker. The child may be taken into custody only after the judge grants the order. The social worker must deliver the Order for Protective Custody paperwork to the Court Unit’s delinquent court report box by 9am on the next business day. The Court Unit will have the issuing judge sign the Order for Protective Custody.

If a social worker needs to access an attorney during the day for a routine question or emergency issue other than a Order for Protective Custody:
  • If you have a question during the day, you should first try to contact the permanency attorney that is assigned to your unit. If he/she is unavailable, you should call 683-5135 and ask to speak with an available attorney. Social workers are also welcome to personally visit the Law Department on the 16th floor of 1515 Arch Street to seek assistance.

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