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Q) How do I not lose her? What's the best move?
Generally, when DHS takes a child out of custody of the parent, the parent will have the opportunity to get custody back if the parent follows a plan for reunification. That's not always the case, but often it is. This means the parent will probably have 6 months to a year to have supervised visitation
, go to parenting classes, and address and correct whatever issues that got DHS involved in the first place.
During the time the parent is working on these things, the child will have to be placed somewhere. The preference generally is to place the child with a relative. Since you're a relative, you may qualify, assuming DHS approves you as a foster parent temporarily. The other choice would be to place the child in foster care with strangers. This is only done when there is no relative with whom a placement is appropriate.
Contact the caseworker at DHS who's handling the case. Tell her you'd like to be considered for placement with the child. They'll have to do a home study, interview you, etc. It may involve some time and going to court. In the end, however, it's the judge's decision where the child is placed. DHS can make a recommendation, you can make a request, but the judge will make the call at some point.
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