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Would like to talk one on one with an attorney that specializes in CPS law in the state of WA. We are trying to get certified as foster parents and also have custody of our grandchildren. We started proceedings with the foster parenting procedures, getting to the electronic fingerprinting process as directed by CPS. She never replied or responded to the results of the testing. We got an attorney when we realized that we are being put off and started with the custody plan. The caseworker ignored all written and phone messages, only saying she will get back to us. Today, she contacted our attorney saying that a placement has been made with other family members. Our records are clean. We have had the grandchildren since their birth. They are safe with us. Isn't there a law or statute in the state of WA that protects our rights? The other grandmother, that had absolutely nothing to do with them financially, works for the state. She, we believe, is using her influence to acquire the children. Isn't there a law against this? She has a shady past with cocaine and alcohol. She lost her children to CPS. Her live-in boyfriend also has past alcohol issues and lost his kids, too. My husband and I have a clear past. What can we do? Can you give us anything that will press this issue?
Hello I am sorry to hear about your situation. While I am not a WA, I do handle these types of case in CA routinely. When you are denied foster/adoption parents you are allowed and in fact you have a right to an appeal. Generally the first step is to contact your social worker and if they will not discuss the case you will have to go over their head to their supervisor and request what is known as a grievance hearing.
Here is a link to how to request a grievance hearing in the state of WA
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Thank you for the link and the best knowledge for your state of CA. I had really hoped for a WA state attorney, but I guess that was unavailable. I will give you a positive rating for your answer. Thank-you.
OOPS! You sent me to the state of Ohio. The link was for Washington County, Ohio, not Washington State.