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Being an experienced Lawyer in Pennsylvania may not be enough to handle a CYS investigation.  An investigation by CYS can be terrifying for any parent or guardian.  You will need to understand what is going to happen, what you need to do or not do, and who you can turn to for help.  Worst still, Pennsylvania laws can be confusing and overwhelming.  You need to hire an attorney who has experience in dealing with CYS.  Most importantly, an attorney who will fight tenaciously for you and your family.  CYS will do their job in investigating the abuse claim.  The consequences of that may mean having your life turned upside down.  Things could happen quickly, and you may need help immediately.  You need to know your rights.  Those rights need to be protected by an experienced attorney.  Contact us here or call 610-432-1900. 

First Encounter with CYS prior to Hiring Richard. S. Roberts, Jr., Esquire.  The first time you may encounter a Children and Youth social worker will be when they show up at your home unannounced. First, be polite to the visitor even if you are angry and scared at this intrusion into your home and private life.  You have probably heard the phrase: “anything you say may be held against you later”.  It is imperative to heed that warning.  You have a lot to lose, including the loss of guardianship of your children.  Give Richard Roberts a call.  Don’t go it alone.

Richard S. Roberts, Jr. is dedicated to defending his clients.  CYS is there to investigate a child abuse accusation. The investigation can be a long, drawn out and expensive ordeal.  You need to contact a lawyer immediately.  A lawyer who has experience with this type of investigation and knows the laws — including if the accusations are abuse and what CYS must prove to sustain these accusations.

Richard is committed to defending his clients against a system that he believes needs reform. But that needed reform may be years away.  So you will need an attorney who understands how the system works right now.

Unless there is obvious and proven abuse or neglect, some cases may be filed out of misunderstandings, miscommunications, or sadly, malicious information used inappropriately. Hire experienced legal help for you and your family and who will defend you and your family’s rights.

What to do if the CYS caseworker threatens to take your child?  Unless the CYS caseworker or police have a signed court order or warrant that your children are in immediate danger, they do not have the legal authority to remove your children or enter your home. Having a prepared and dedicated lawyer that already knows your rights is vitally important.  You may feel manipulated, scared, stressed, and tired when caught off guard by a CYS social worker. Regrettably, some parents believe they can handle any situation just to avoid spending money or getting CYS out of their lives faster for the moment. However, they may be back.  It can feel like an unfair experience.  It is also a costly experience when a parent must hire legal counsel to protect their loved ones. Unfortunately, it is necessary. If you are on the fence or thinking about going at it alone, you may want to reconsider.  An experienced attorney will guide you through what can be a very traumatic experience for your family and act as your best advocate.  Richard Roberts is that attorney.


Parents are stressed and facing daily challenges with their children. Children have been asked to learn in different and stressful ways. Lives have been transformed from virtual working and learning to not even seeing their friends regularly or have experienced the loss of a friend or family member.  The past stressors added with these new ones will have its consequences on our physical and mental health. It’s human nature. No matter what life hands you, should you find yourself faced with a Children and Youth investigation whether it is from a false accusation or from a child custody case it can be devastating.

Richard S. Roberts, Jr. is dedicated to keeping children safe, happy, and with their families. You can rest knowing his expertise in the courtroom, firm understanding of the PA laws and determination to win for his clients and his determination to keep families together is what you are getting when you hire him.

Call us today at 610-432-1900 or fill out the contact form below. We want to represent you. We want to make a difference in your life. We want to fight for you, your family and your loved ones.

Knowing the laws as well as my rights was half the battle when I found myself in unfamiliar territory. After a  traumatic event changed my life, trusting a lawyer to save my family from unfair practices used by CYS was far exceeded once I hired Richard S. Roberts Jr. I needed THE BEST and got exactly that!

Denise G.

I’m so happy!  Rich was so dedicated to my case and my family.  He is very smart and knowledgeable. His kindness and patience is admirable.  We were comforted by his extraordinary skills he has in law.  He always made himself available to us for advice or any support we needed.  The icing on the cake was… He won our case!  Now we rehired him for another case!  He has our trust, respect, and appreciation forever!  Thank so much Richard and The Zator Law Family!

Angelica F.