Child Protective Services/Abuse

Parents are held accountable for the well-being of their children, and courts will take decisive action when there is reason to believe that a child's safety is in danger.  When the courts' actions interfere with your rights as a parent, it is important that you seek the assistance of a qualified Virginia lawyer.

Melinda VanLowe is a Fairfax attorney handling cases before the Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services, and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.  Her extensive experience with these cases in the context of both criminal and family law cases puts her in a unique position to help you obtain a positive resolution to your case.

Working to Protect Your Parental Rights

In every case, Ms. VanLowe works with you to understand the facts of the case and uses that information to build the strongest possible argument on your behalf that also takes into account the criminal implications of the allegation.

Ms. VanLowe represents parents in a broad range of cases involving child safety, including the following:

Abuse and neglect

If you are facing charges for the abuse or neglect of a minor, not only can you face severe criminal penalties, your children can also be taken from you and placed in foster care.  Ms. VanLowe provides a skillful defense in these matters and works tirelessly to keep your family together.

Child in Need of Services/Supervision (CHINS)

Melinda zealously defends minors against CHINS findings by the juvenile court and also represents parents who have children alleged to be in need of services and/or supervision.

Protective orders

Ms. VanLowe represents adults and children who have been victims of abuse as well as alleged abusers against whom an order has been issued.  Whether you need to seek court-ordered protection or you need to defend yourself against a protective order, Ms. VanLowe is ready to help.


Please contact us to schedule a free consultation regarding your child abuse or neglect issue.