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Fort Myers Dependency Law Attorneys

We take on cases throughout Florida.

Dependency cases typically happen after the removal of a child from their parent’s custody. Usually, the child is removed from their parents care due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. When any of the previously listed offenses happens, a trial is held to determine if the child will be dependent upon the State for their care and custody.

Termination of Parental Rights

The Department of Children and Families can file a petition for the termination of a parent’s parental rights. However, they will need to provide clear and convincing evidence to do so. This requires a petitioner to demonstrate that the termination of the parent’s rights is the least restrictive means of protection, and that termination of parental rights is in the best interest of the child.

Our team of lawyers can assist with the following hearings for your dependency case:

  • Shelter Hearing
  • Dependency Arraignment
  • Case Plan Resolution Conference
  • Dependency Pre-Trial
  • Adjudicatory Hearing
  • Disposition Hearing
  • Judicial Review
  • Permanency Judicial Review

Our legal team is experienced with adoption & foster care law

We have a vast amount of experience when it comes to adoption and foster care law. We have helped numerous individuals become parents through adoption and we have also helped a number of families with placing their unborn children with a caring family who is emotionally, physically, and financially stable.

We can assist with the following:

  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Foster Care Eligibility & Certification
  • Foster Care Placement
  • Open Adoption
  • Semi-Traditional Adoption
  • Traditional Adoption

We can help you interact with social workers and prepare you for each step of your adoption or foster care case.

Speak with our legal team today!

At Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A., we have the skills that you need to successfully navigate your dependency case. Dependency law is an extremely specialized area that requires an experienced attorney. Our firm knows what to expect from these types of cases and we are prepared to fight your rights. Let us put our resources to work for you.

Call (239) 970-6844, or contact our Fort Myers team of dependency law attorneys to start your free consultation.
We offer Spanish speaking services!

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • Diana Castrillon
    Diana Castrillon Attorney
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

  • Diana Castrillon Attorney
    Diana Castrillon

    Ms. Castrillon has been in practice for over 19 years in the State of Florida. Diana started her practice as a defense attorney representing insurance companies, and for the last 17 years, Ms. Castrillon has been representing only injured workers in Workers’ Compensation cases. READ MORE

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • Over 70 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
  • El abogado habla español