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CLASS 1 LICENSING VIOLATION DEFENSE


Providing Class I & II Care Licensing Violation Defense

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CLASS 1 LICENSING VIOLATION DEFENSE


Providing Class I & II Care Licensing Violation Defense

Our Experience


WE ARE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO ASSIST IN THIS COMPLEX AREA OF THE LAW

Our Experience


WE ARE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO ASSIST IN THIS COMPLEX AREA OF THE LAW

what we do

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    Lucy C. Piñeiro, Esq - an experienced, dedicated and aggressive child and family advocate. Lucy began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Guardian Ad Litem Program, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, representing the best interests of children who were abused or neglected.  In 2001, Ms. Piñeiro accepted the challenge of becoming Managing Attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), District 11, in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Ms. Piñeiro and her dedicated team of lawyers contributed significantly to the child welfare system reform. Also, Ms. Piñeiro served as Chief-In House Counsel for Citrus Health Network and National Counsel for Neighbor to Families.

Lucy C. Piñeiro, Esq - an experienced, dedicated and aggressive child and family advocate. Lucy began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Guardian Ad Litem Program, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, representing the best interests of children who were abused or neglected.

In 2001, Ms. Piñeiro accepted the challenge of becoming Managing Attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), District 11, in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Ms. Piñeiro and her dedicated team of lawyers contributed significantly to the child welfare system reform. Also, Ms. Piñeiro served as Chief-In House Counsel for Citrus Health Network and National Counsel for Neighbor to Families.

After having worked for many years in public service as a tenacious child advocate, Ms. Pineiro, founded the law firm of Lucy C. Piñeiro & Associates, P.A. Our firm focuses on an array of child related matters, including family law, adoption law, dependency/foster care law and child custody issues. A growing area of our firm now also represents child-care owners throughout the State of Florida, in administrative Class I and Class II violation actions.

This area of our firm is dedicated to representing Child Care facilities and entities who have been issued an administrative complaint by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) or local boards. We have successfully represented clients in helping to ensure that their businesses remain in compliance and can continue to serve the well-being of children. 

Having previously held the role of managing attorney for DCF means we bring a unique insight and perspective on navigating the critical policies and statutes that govern child care entities. We know the complexities related to ensuring adherence to policies that are continually evolving. Too, having been a former member of the Florida Association of Child Care Management (FACCM) and the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) for the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties means that you can rest assure that we are committed to staying up to date on the latest legislation regarding Child Care licensing. 

Our ultimate goal is to work with you proactively to ensure that you are aware and understand the State and Federal requirements and policies that impact your business. Through assessments and awareness training we can help to dramatically reduce the potential risks of a Class I or II violation which could have long-lasting effects on you as an owner or operator of a Child Care facility. And, in the unfortunate event of violation action, we will be there to assist in preparing the proper defense.

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What makes us different


WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH ALL ASPECTS OF CHILD CARE VIOLATION 

What makes us different


WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH ALL ASPECTS OF CHILD CARE VIOLATION 

prevention through awareness

Aside from structuring a proper defense for our clients who may be unfortunately faced with a Class I, or II violation we are heavily involved with institutions, committees and legislative bodies to heighten awareness and where possible further improve transparency and understanding of State and Federal policies.

We have provided training on a statewide level to Child Care facilities, FACCM and ELC members. We believe that training and driving continued awareness is a critical first step in avoiding a violation action.

Formulating training programs and materials for your staff is a critical step in minimizing potential violations. The Child Care Facility Standards Classification Requirements provides a broad view of the extensive policies and procedures set forth by the State of Florida.

Without a doubt the risks associated with not implementing or enforcing these policies and procedures can have a severe negative impact on your business. That is why we believe that in addition to providing the proper defense, we can provide the greatest value by enhancing awareness of the critical issues - prevention is a sure recipe to minimize the risk of violation actions.

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Protecting and defending


Child Care is an important service. We want to be an important part of your success

Protecting and defending


Child Care is an important service. We want to be an important part of your success

How we work

State and Federal policies and procedures governing Child Care facilities are very stringent and often very inflexible. Whether you are managing a private care entity, a day care, a VPK center a family day care or provide child transportation services, understanding and interpreting the law can be a daunting task in particular since policies and procedures are constantly evolving and changing. Ensuring your services and business are not interrupted due to non compliance to these policies or regulations means you need someone who can proactively ensure that you are treated with fairness and that State and Federal entities apply some level of reasonableness when assessing your compliance to the law. 

Our firm is recognized for its integrity, tenacity and knowledge of this unique area of the law. We can help you manage the process of interacting with various governing bodies and the judicial system (i.e., DCF or local licensing boards) while ensuring discretion.