The Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that no state shall ”deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of the law.” Parents have a liberty interest in raising, caring for and maintaining custody of their children. Although parents have a liberty interest in the custody of their children, the state has the power to restrict parental freedom in matters affecting the welfare of a child.
The state may intervene when a childs welfare is at risk. A child’s welfare is at risk when the child’s physical or mental health is in danger and when the child is abused or neglected. As a matter of due process under the Fourteenth Amendment, parents are entitled to a hearing before removal of children from their custody. . . .