Is there a court case by ACS? Are they trying to remove the child from the home?
If they're trying to remove the child from the home, you can get involved in the case but you'll need a family lawyer to do it. You would still need a family lawyer to help you with this, even if they're not trying to remove the child from the home, because the child is a minor and ACS, if they agree, will want to do a home inspection and ask you all sorts of questions to make sure you can take care of this child. The parents will have to agree with this if ACS doesn't get involved, and even if ACS gets involved, the parents are going to have a say in this. If, for example, ACS wants the child to go to foster care, but you offer your house instead, that is a good option if ACS thinks so, so you'll need ACS on your side to prevent the child from going to foster care. There are a lot of options here, but you really need to talk to a family lawyer about all your options and about what ACS will be doing in this case.
If the parents still want to keep the child, you're going to have trouble getting the child because in New York, grandparents would have an easier time getting a child than a friend or even an aunt or uncle. If you are not related to the child, it would have to be shown that it's in the child's best interests to live with you. Your best bet in this situation is to consult with a family lawyer -- a free consultation so that all it costs you is your time.
If you would like, I can send you a list of family lawyers in your area. We cannot recommend any specific attorneys to you but I can send you a list and explain what to look for on the list. This way, you'll know not to pick an attorney who has a red mark of misconduct next to his or her name. If you are interested, please let me know what town or city you are near, generally a larger town or city, so that there will be enough family lawyers to choose from. This is at no extra charge to you. I do this for people who ask me questions so that I can point customers in the right direction.
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