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    Default Grandparent's Options When the Parents' Rights May be Terminated

    My question involves a child custody case from the State of: North Carolina

    I have had custody of my 4 yr old grandson for 2 years. His half-siblings, girls, age 3 and 1 are currently in foster care in NC. So far I have not been at any of the hearings as I really believed they would be returned to my daughter and her boyfriend. Now there is a hearing coming up that may decide if they will be placed for adoption. Although because I already have one child and he has a disability, I don't feel that I can take on the girls on a permanent basis. That is a lot of children under the age of four and I still work full-time. I have been asked to come to the custody hearing but I don't understand quite why I am being asked and there hasn't been an answer so far. Of course, I would like to stay in these girls lives but is there a point to attending a hearing if I can't take custody? What other arrangements might be possible? Visitation? I am in the state of Virginia, they are in North Carolina. Thank you

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    I have been asked to come to the custody hearing but I don't understand quite why I am being asked and there hasn't been an answer so far.
    Who asked you to attend? Have you asked them what they want? e.g., Testimony, an offer to take the placement?
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    What other arrangements might be possible? Visitation?
    If the parents' rights are terminated and the children adopted, subsequent contact would normally be at the sole discretion of the adoptive parents.

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    Default Re: Grandparent's Options When the Parents' Rights May be Terminated

    thank you for your reply. The guardian ad litem asked me to attend. I haven't gotten a response to my email yet about why I am being asked.

    I think that I will attend the hearing, in case there is chance that I will be able to still have some contact with my granddaughters. Since I have not been subpoenaed I would not imagine that I would be asked to testify. I just prefer to know what I am walking into and will continue to try and find out before the hearing.

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