Thank you for your clarification.
On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.
Without even touching on the base of whatever cause of action you would claim, the problem is that as a grandparent, you have no standing
to sue on behalf of the child. This is because only the parents and/or a court-appointed legal guardian of the child may sue on their behalf (yes, I understand that it is the parent that is abusive, however, this still does not change the law). In other words, you can no more sue the Florida Department of Children and Families or the county any more than an aunt, or a family friend - you have to be the parent of the child or the court-appointed guardian
to have this power.
So bringing suit may not be a choice here. However, someone in your situation does have relief
. You may wish to contact your representative in the state legislature and explain the situation, and the legislator may weigh in with a letter which might spur the county to act (faster). Many legislators have constituency desks that help their constituents in their daily lives - this is what you elect them for, after all.
Florida Representative - here
Florida Senator - here
This may help. Good luck.
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