A person who goes into the childcare field has a love for children and the desire to help families out. A good reputation is essential in having a childcare career. So, when a child-care provider is under investigation by the Department of Social Services (CDSS) it can be stressful and overwhelming. The possibility of losing the license can jeopardize a person’s livelihood as well as ruin their reputation and lead to possible criminal charges.
Reasons for facing charges
There are many reasons why a daycare provider or daycare center can face discipline charges. These include:
- Unprofessional conduct
- Failure to maintain proper records
- Compliance deficiencies
- Criminal conviction
- Negligent supervision
- Children to childcare workers ratio
- Failure to attend mandatory training
- Misuse of WIC, food stamps or CalFresh program
- Corporal punishment
- Child abuse and neglect
- Drug or alcohol addictions
Powers of the CDSS
The CDSS holds exceptional power over its license holders. There are several options it can choose if it determines that a childcare provider has violated a statute or regulation. They can:
- revoke a person’s license
- place the provider on suspension
- or they can refer them for criminal prosecution.
An attorney who specializes in licensing defense has the experience necessary to defend their client against these charges. They can defend their client through all phases of the Administrative Action and is committed to ensuring their client’s interests are protected. They understand that intense demands are placed on childcare providers, and they are well-versed in the many ways to defend their client. They want to make sure their client’s future is protected and that they are able to maintain their license.