San Diego County Child Abuse Central Index Grievance Hearing
You need a San Diego County Child Abuse Central Index Grievance Hearing Attorney, and you’ve come to the right place. I imagine you’re like most people and have never heard of the CACI before. You have questions, and they can all be answered in our CACI FAQ page. For information specifically related to the process of getting your name off the CACI in San Diego County, keep reading.
Each year, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (aka, HHSA, CPS or Child Protective Services) puts hundreds of people on the Child Abuse Central Index, a database maintained by the California Department of Justice. Many of those people are falsely accused of committing child abuse or neglect.
In 2015, the San Diego HHSA put 598 people on the CACI. That’s the 3rd most of all counties in the state of California, behind Los Angeles and Orange counties. Of those 598, only 30 of them went forward with a CACI Grievance Hearing and won. That’s 5%. On the other hand, by hiring a lawyer, any lawyer, your chances of getting off the CACI increase to about 56%. But by hiring a lawyer who is highly skilled and experienced specifically in CACI cases, your chances of winning improve even more. These statistics come directly from the California Department of Justice and County of San Diego.
We represent a good percentage of those people who have CACI Grievance Hearings in San Diego. And we have a strong track record of success in San Diego specifically. Those county employees who administer the grievance hearing process know us well, and we know them well.
Within the HHSA is a small team of individuals called the Department of Justice (DOJ) Hearings Unit. This team decides whether or not to have your name listed on Califronia’s child abuse and neglect central registry, known as the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI). This team handles all of the child abuse index hearings in the entire County of San Diego, including the following cities: Alpine, Bonita, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronoado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Mission Beach, National City, Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Pacific Beach, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista.
The only way to contest your listing on the central registry of child abuse is to request a Grievance Hearing. The CACI Grievance Hearing is not held in the courthouse. Instead, it will take place at the HHSA office on Balboa Avenue. Your case will not be judged or decided by a judge of the Superior Court. Instead, your case will be decided by a Hearing Officer (who used to work as a CPS social worker) employed by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. The County will essentially act as judge, jury, and prosecutor of your case. In a criminal case in court, the accused is given a court-appointed lawyer. In the CACI Grievance Hearings, you must face the County team all by yourself unless you hire a lawyer to represent your interests.
In order to give yourself the best chance at beating your case, you would be wise to retain a San Diego County Child Abuse Central Index Grievance Hearing Attorney that has the experience and know-how to win, and who has many happy clients whose names have been removed from the CACI.
If you have been falsely accused of child abuse or neglect, I would be honored to help you clear your good name and reputation. You and I will work together to get your name off the CACI.
To speak with me today about your CACI Grievance Hearing, call 619-792-1451 or send me an email.