Dependency / DHS Cases

Portland DHS & Dependencies Lawyer

Dedicated to Helping Families Stay Together

Having a representative of Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) show up at your door and threaten to or actually take your children is a parent’s worst nightmare.

There are many reasons that this may occur, but the good news for parents is that they have legal rights and are entitled to their day in court. Anyone facing adverse DHS action should contact an experienced Portland DHS & dependencies lawyer as soon as possible.

Attorney Amy T. Margolis is an experienced Oregon attorney who is dedicated to representing the rights of parents facing DHS action.

Committed to protecting the rights of parents, Ms. Margolis strives to keep families together and fights to uphold her clients’ parental rights.

Department of Human Services Dependency Determinations

Oregon’s DHS will attempt to assert legal jurisdiction over children when they have concerns about the care a child is receiving or other issues that may be present at home.

In order to remove children from a home, DHS must file a petition with the court explaining their reasoning. Some common reasons DHS may file such a petition include the following:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial neglect
  • Drug abuse
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Physical abuse
  • Safety concerns
  • Medical neglect


If you children are taken, you have an opportunity to admit or deny the allegations against you within 30 days. If you admit the allegations, or the court rules against you, the state will take custody of your child or children.

If this is the case, the court will direct you to take certain steps in order to get custody of your children back. Measures that the court may order include substance abuse treatment, anger management classes, a psychiatric evaluation, or anger management classes.

If DHS is threatening to take or has taken your children you should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney who understands how to handle DHS dependency cases can help you argue against the allegations against you and can additionally advise you on what to expect from the legal process.

Because of the unique issues raised in dependency cases, it is important to retain an attorney who has experience in dealing with the juvenile court system.

Attorney Amy T. Margolis is committed to representing parents dealing with DHS issues and works to obtain the best possible result for each client she represents.

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