Re: What Happens After CPS Takes the Children
Okay, so Greta is the grandmother of the children. Has a court granted her legal custody of the children? Where is the girls' dad?
Any idea on the allegations in this anonymous complaint? Surely it was not just that the girls' were living with grandma.
So, grandma doesn't have a home? She lives in a trailer? That could be an impediment to custody.
Greta was in the process of moving in with me until she could find a space to rent for her 5th wheel.
Has she had legal problems and run-ins with the law? Did you respond truthfully?
That Tuesday Greta took the girls to the "meeting",I got a phone call from CPS saying the had some questions for me about Greta.They asked me what I knew about her encounters with the justice system,how did she take care of the girls,did I know if she did illegal drugs.
Okay. It sounds as if the allegations are that grandma has somehow exposed the girls to some risk of harm and they feel comfortable with them staying with you for the time being.
She went on to say that CPS was considering removing the girls from her custody while they conducted the investigation but if they approved of my living arrangements they could stay with me.They brought the girls over and said that Greta could visit them for as long as she wanted but she could not stay the night.
Not sure what YOU can expect as you are a legal non-entity to these children. You can help grandma by helping her pay for an attorney to assist her.
The worker came over that Friday saying that CPS was waiting for the drug test result and would not get it until Tuesday.She mentioned a 3 month program CPS might set up for Greta and that the living arrangement would remain the same til further notice.Yesterday CPS came and said they were taking the girls,Greta wasn't here.I asked to see a court order ,he said they didn't need one.There is a detention hearing Friday.What can I expect? I love those girls like my own.
If the court affirms the temporary detention of the children, then a plan will likely be set up to allow grandma the possibility of adopting the children (if not already hers) or to allow her to regain physical custody. The ultimate goal will be family reunification, but a lot depends on mom's history and whether she is emotionally and physically fit to care for the children. if she is overcome with grief then that can be a problem ... it sounds like this might BE part of the problem, and there might be an emotional/mental health aspect to this whole thing.
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