Dealing with DCS: English is not my Native Language

Information about your rights to interpretation and translation services through DCS.


What rights do I have for interpretation and translation services? 

You have a right to an interpreter if you cannot understand or speak English. You have this right in any legal proceeding started by DCS.

If you feel the interpreter is not doing a good job, you have the right to ask for a new interpreter.

DCS must also give you an interpreter if you cannot communicate very well in English. Ask for an interpreter every time you talk to DCS. Ask to have all forms translated, too. DCS must provide an interpreter as soon as possible. Do not sign a form or agreement unless DCS has had it translated into your language. Do not sign any form or make a written agreement unless you understand the form or agreement.


Last Review and Update: Jan 13, 2016
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