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My brother, who lives with me has been dealing with DCF for

My brother, who lives with me has been dealing with DCF for almost a year now. He was within a week of reunification when the maternal grandmother decided that she wants my nephew for herself, and reported anonymously that there were bruises. I come back from a business trip to find that my home had been crawling with sherrifs office investigators. My brother says that they want to talk to me. He claims this is to rule me out. I am completely freaked out by this. I am a law abiding citizen, but I also know police are not my friend. Should I be thinking of retaining an attorney? I have never been alone with my nephew during the time in question.

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My grandbaby was taken from me 4 months ago cause I smoked

My grandbaby was taken from me 4 months ago cause I smoked pot 1 time when my mother was taking care of my grandbaby. I am a burned victim I have 3rd degree burns all over my body. MY face is disfigured and I still have pain did not have money to go to doctor to buy pain killers. CPS gave me 3 months to clean up and i did, my results came came in negative I was so happy because the baby's lawyer told me if my results were good I could have my grandbaby back but then cps called and asked for a hair follicer and supposely that came back negative. I am never shown or been given a copy of the results. Wednesday 2 social workers came in to check they said on how the baby was doing and she was good. I told them I had not heard from the cps assigned to the case and I had left nurmerous messages over the weeks and she never returned my calls. They suggested I call her supervisor and I told them I didn't want to do anything that would upset her. Yesterday they informed me that my grandchild had been picked up from cps and taken from me with no options! I told them I would do whatever I needed to do to get her back, went to cps office to tell them if they had anybody I could talk to to help me do what I needed to do. They said no! What can I do. I made one mistake and I am so sorry, I will do anything to get my baby back.JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in?Customer: TexasJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: no, I can't afford one, I try looking for a job and because of my looks even goodwill turned me down for no reason. .I told them I thought you help people work they said they had no position. I guess they think I will be a liability.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I get assistance and live with my brother where I pay rent and buy food, clean, cook, and babysit.

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My son is currently in prison, we planned on bringing his

My son is currently in prison, we planned on bringing his daughter to see him. All of a sudden her mother will not let her go at all. Does he have any rights? TyJA: Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?Customer: Yes, floridaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No, this just happened within the last 24 hours.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I'm not sure what additional information may be needed. My son is in for 3 yrs at Appalachee Correctional Instititue and just got approved for visitation. Ty

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My kids father and I got into a fight and guns were drawn

My kids father and I got into a fight and guns were drawn and he was arrested (The first and only time this has happened). Our kids were in the home at the time so now the Department of Children and Families are involved. I was advised to get a restraining order and file for a custody agreement within the courts. I did but the restraining order was dropped and I do not want to press charges, I just want counseling and mediation for my family. He has been a great dad to the kids never harming them but our relationship was not a good one due to constant arguing NOT physical abuse. We have had physical altercations before but it was more pushing one another. When the DCF worker came to my home she implemented a safety plan which expires tomorrow and wants me to move out of my home. She also told me to not drop the restraining order and the charges or else they would take my children away, which is crazy. I have always been a great mother, a active member in society, volunteer and work 2 jobs to provide for my children and don't want to lose them but I also dont want to press charges or keep a restraining order in place just to please DCF if it will hurt my children and our family. We lived together but he can not return to the home due to the no contact order with the domestic violence charges pending but I did advise the state prosecutor and the public defender I do not want to press charges I just want this situation mediated and counseling for us all. The state says they decide whether to move forward or not and that could posssibly have my kids testify in court. THEY ARE 5 YRS OLD btw which I believe is a scare tactic. I dont know what to do or what I can do, but I don't want my children taken away but I dont want to be pressured or forced to incriminate their dad or myself. What can I do now, I need some legal advice?

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My wife has two daughters my step daughters both are

my wife has two daughters my step daughters both are troubled one is 15 and 7 months pregnant the other is 16 and had been kicked out of house and was living with dad and attempted suicide 4 days ago . she is ok medically but getting mental health support and in a hospital getting care . she is insured by my insurance [ we are in charlotte n.c. ] I found out today that due to the suicide attempt that social services is getting involved and we have to have a '' family meeting '' . I know when they get involved it can be messy I prefer not to be involved in all this and as I am not their dad what is my responsibility to social services .? I do supply the home and support the family and I am married to their mom . also what authority does social services have and can they force my involvement . I know in other states they have actual police authority but I don't know about n.c. please advise

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I'm in Maui Hawaii and cps took my 2 younger kids but the

I'm in Maui Hawaii and cps took my 2 younger kids but the whole thing started because of issues with my 16year old who was 15 at the time. It first was them say that I didn't provide the proper childcare but in fact I had 3 different sitters besides my 15 year old so then they say oh she self medicates, which I did start again due to the stress of the cps worker. But I was clean two years prior. I only told them I was dirty and had two actual dirty ua and have missed some due to work and the stress of wanting my kids. Myself and my son suffer from ptsd and they know this. So then my son told me about my oldest sexually assulting him and my Lil girl and she was in voluntarily foster care at the time he told me but I reported it right away. Then she used cfs against us on that note. Lisa the cps worker wanted to force us to only attend where she wanted us to go but I kept us in our own kaiser stuff that I had started way befor she came into the picture!. Since she couldn't use that stuff they used just this past June a paper someone sent them of my post on offer up say I was moving to mainland and needed to sale my things by Wednesday. Well that was a Sunday and they took them Monday. Lisa my worker was out the whole week so I couldn't even try to tell her what was the plan. I was gone take them to my mom in California cuz that's where we from and our support and come back for court and to get my 16year old and take her to my mom and get my two Lil ones while working on getting into treatment. Not one of them listened they just called me a lie telling me I was running, the judge granted them temp custody cause he said and I quote, "I don't believe you won't run off with them miss Taylor so I'll let them hold on to them for now". I paid twice for my mom to fly here so that she could get them but they wouldn't release them to her. Then Lisa never put in the transfer paperwork for them to get to California and it has now been two months going on 3, they could a been with my mom by now but no she has a vendetta against me cause I won't admit to her lies and conform to what she feels I should do. My rights and my kids have been ignored for almost a year now and no one will help me and I don't have money to hire a good attorney cuz my court appointed one don't even answer my calls or text and never stands up for me in court. I feel trapped lost and now I'm homeless cuz of all this stuff that just keeps happening. I need real help please!.

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I have a restraining order issued against me in San

I have a restraining order issued against me in San Bernardino county family court from July 2013. There has been a change of circumstance regarding the DCFS investigation and it is now listed as unsubstantiated. I have verified that I have been removed from the DOJ list as well. I would like to take this back to court to have the restraining order removed and re-establish custody and visitation. What form/s should I use?

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I, have a situation. My niece and her former husband,

Hello, I, have a situation. My niece and her former husband, adopted a child. She has been having horrible custody battle with his family about the child staying with her and her husband, because their son has abuse problems. The ten year old has issues and they do not address them or do they take her to the doctors for anything. They have been more against my niece because they are caucasian and she is a afro american. This mas has not only hit her but he has made her pee in a cup to take to his probation officer as well taken a bath with her. She freaks out everytime she has to go with that family and she leaves. The child services has her at their office because they just came out of court and told the adopted father, that he could take her back to his Moms home and she refuses to go. Is there anyone who is listening about what is going in HARRISBURG, PA. THE SYSTEM IS AWFUL. THE FATHER SAID HE DID NOT WANT THE CHILD AND LEFT THE HOME AFTER BEATING MY NIECE AND THE TEN YEAR OLD GIRL. WE, NEED SOMEONE TO ADDRESS THIS VERY SOON.

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Son in indiana. Under custody of DCF due to physical abuse

Son in indiana. Under custody of DCF due to physical abuse from father. Mother lives in florida. DCF wont release child to mother because they do not know mother and she lives out of state. They are doing reunification with father but he is charged with felony charges and poss looking at jail time. Why does mother not have rights to her child just because she lives out of state.

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