Have you been contacted by a Child Protective Services (CPS) agency such as the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Child Protective Investigations Division (CPI)?  Are you afraid of losing your child, or has he or she already been taken away from you?

          In Florida, a Juvenile Dependency case is initiated when it is suspected that a child may be the victim of child abuse, neglect or abandonment.  At the Law Office of Melissa A. Cordon, P.A., we understand how frightening the prospect of losing your child is as well as how overwhelming it may be to go up against DCF.  With our extensive experience handling Juvenile Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights cases, we will vigorously protect your parental rights and your family’s future.


          We represent parents, legal guardians, foster parents, grandparents and other relative affected by a Juvenile Dependency action.  We also protect the rights of grandparents and other relatives to ensure children are placed with trusted friends or family during the reunification period and beyond.  


          Many people mistakenly believe that all family law attorneys are equipped to handle Juvenile Dependency cases.  However, Juvenile Dependency law in Florida is governed by a unique set of statues, laws, and regulations.  Family law attorneys who handle Dependency cases on limited basis may not be familiar with the specific terms, forms, and procedures necessary to help their clients achieve success.  Attorney Melissa A. Cordon has a sophisticated understanding of Florida’s Juvenile Dependency laws and the demonstrated experience to effectively speak on your behalf during your Dependency hearing in Juvenile Court.

Attorney Melissa A. Cordon has the highly specialized knowledge and experience required to represent families in Juvenile Dependency matters.

          The Children’s Legal Services Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General is responsible for litigating Juvenile Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights cases for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Broward, Hillsborough, and Manatee Counties.  As a former Assistant Attorney General for the Children’s Legal Services Bureau, Attorney Melissa A. Cordon represented DCF, litigating hundreds of Juvenile Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights cases on behalf of the state. 

          Attorney Melissa A. Cordon’s unique experience has given her an in-depth working knowledge of the litigation on both sides of a Juvenile Dependency action.  Attorney Melissa A. Cordon currently receives court appointments for indigent parents in Juvenile Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights actions in Tampa, Hillsborough County.

          If you have questions about a Juvenile Dependency action, we are here to help you and welcome your inquiries.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for the services of a Tampa Juvenile Dependency attorney.