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Who signed custody over to the maternal grandmother, was this done by court order or a decision by CPS?
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I see. Thank you for clarifying that, Jennie.What you would typically need to do under these circumstances is to file a petition for guardianship or adoption of the child, citing the mother's past history of abusing/abandoning her children as well as any instances of abuse/neglect involving this child.The fact that the child remains in the same household as the mother would typically suggest to a court that it is in danger and that CPS erred in this instance. Only a court order can override the placement which has been made, so guardianship or adoption are the options you have to seek custody of the child.You will need a good family law attorney to represent you in this matter though, especially since you are not a relative and do not appear to have a previous relationship with this particular child, which are factors a court will normally consider in granting guardianship.Adoption is more difficult as you may know since it involves terminating the parents' legal rights, so you may have a better shot at obtaining guardianship, but you may also need the help of a guardian ad litem in this case if you do not have proof yet that this child is currently being abused or neglected.
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