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Our foster/adopted daughter had a baby when she was 15. She

Our foster/adopted daughter had a baby when she was 15. She is 17 now. My husband and I have taken care of him, supported and more importantly love him, she leaves for days, weeks, is not working, and is threatening to take him, but she needs his social security number. He is bonded with us and doesn't want to go anywhere with her. In Oregon do we have any rights?

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Lucy, Esq.

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I have physical custody of my grandkids. Both parents have

I have physical custody of my grandkids. Both parents have drug issues. My daughter just got out of jail, but her husband has never been arrested for drugs however I know he is using meth. My daughter (says) she will sign the kids over to me, he definately will not. I want guardianship. what is my first step.

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My husband and I wanted to foster/adopt children and started

My husband and I wanted to foster/adopt children and started the process through Koinonia Family Services in Fresno, CA.We went through all of the classes and First Aid/CPR training. My husband is a recovering alcoholic for 15 years and had DUI arrests along with a Domestic Violence arrest in 1994.We were told that he had to get "exempted" for these charges and he wrote letters explaining what happened with each charge.We were told by the Director in Fresno, Mr. Orender, that we were "not marketable" to adopt, but that we could foster children, and that many times foster families become "forever families." We agreed to foster children then.The DSS in the State of California gave us the necessary clearances via the State of California "Caregiver Background Check" bureau. The bureau, because of my husband's arrests went through their Legal Department to make sure he was cleared and a fax of the needed clearances was sent to Koinonia in early November 2013.We were then told by the Director in Fresno that the the "home study" would begin after the Holidays.The Director, Mr Orender, called on December 30, 2013 and said that his boss, Mr Adkins had pulled the plug and told him NOT to go forward with us. He was concerned that Fresno County would not place with us. This agency places children in ALL counties in California. Mr Orender stated emphatically that he was shocked and DID NOT support his boss, Mr Chuck Adkins, decision. We spoke to Mr. Adkins in Bakersfield, CA and explained that we had all of the clearances, including a "thumbs up" from Legal at the Caregiver Background Check Bureau. We explained that Mark had turned his life around and that all of his arrests were fueled by alcohol. He had written statements from friends, co-workers, and our Pastor explaining his character. He has had no arrests since 1994.He insisted that Fresno County would not place with us, so we asked him to check with them on that. Mr Adkins told us to "give him a month", that he would get all of our records from everyone at the Koinonia office in Fresno and he would find out from Fresno County whether they would place with us.I called Mr Adkins in mid February as I hadn't heard back in 6 weeks. I was told that he was out in meetings all week. I then called Mr Orender in Fresno and he told me that Mr Adkins had all of the paperwork but hadn't had a chance to look at it yet.I called Mr Adkins and left a voice mail last week. I didn't hear anything until yesterday, when I called and he was in. He said that he was getting "mixed messages" from Fresno County and was very vague. He didn't say who he talked to or why he obviously made multiple calls. He said "We got different answers..."The botXXXXX XXXXXne, he didn't want to go through with our application and would refund monies for the fingerprinting, TB tests, etc.My husband and I are thinking about going to another agency and we really need straight answers.How can the agency renege on all of this? Can I get Mr Adkins to get a definitive letter from Fresno County on their position? I REALLY don't believe that he looked into our case at all, much less contact Fresno County. Can we be turned down even if we were given all of the necessary clearances by the State of California? Do we have any legal recourse in all of this?The emotional upheaval is unbelievable! We had bought bunks beds, a swing set, bedding, locks for the cabinets, etc. Our family was ecstatic, our church family was excited. The call on December 30th was a shock to say the least...What can we do...if anything? Thanks so much...Betty

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My question was lost do to a glitch in the system & Im pretty

My question was lost do to a glitch in the system & I'm pretty upset. I live in Oregon & DHS won't let me see my grandchildren. There are #4 of them in foster care & the foster parents want to adopt them. My rights are being violated, as are the rights of thousands of other families, & I can't understand how the system can disregard the law. What can I do to stop this BS? The court is moving to TPR with my daughter but haven't @ this point. This whole thing is crazy! Help.

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In CA looking for a lawyer to assist with an adoption reversal

In CA looking for a lawyer to assist with an adoption reversal (or at least help us understand our options). Twins placed in home 2/2008 finalized 9/2008 Foster-Adopt - currently in a boys home due the extreme Reactive Attachment Disorder - do not thrive in our home - deemed a failed adoption by psychiatrist an their therapists.

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I recently applied to foster my grandson who was taken from

I recently applied to foster my grandson who was taken from my daughter due to child abuse. she was living at my home but was rarely there. she had her boyfriend with her. they lived off and on with me for < 2 months. I went thru the process to foster but was denied due to not reporting the abuse (which I did send my daughter to the Dr. due to unexplained bruising on baby's face). I was told I was ineligible to foster or adopt. I was told I had no other recourse. The baby is now being oput up for adoption. I have been visiting weekly with my grandson and do not wish to lose the relationship we have. Is CYFD right that I have no recourse? I am thinking of filing with the courts that for kinship guardian? CYFD, in a round about way, gave me guardianship of my other grandson( same reason abuse). CYFD also claims that because I sought no counseling due a bad childhood (I was abused by my foster father) that I was unable to see the abuse.

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My friend who is in jail wants to give me custody of her yet

My friend who is in jail wants to give me custody of her yet to be born baby girl how can I get custody before the baby is born so I can pick her up after birth?

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my husband has 2 drug felonies one in 1987 and one in 1989

my husband has 2 drug felonies one in 1987 and one in 1989 i have read through CANTS and other places that after5 to 10 years drug felonies no longer matter. they are waived. I live in Illinois anf you have to foster for 6 monthsbefore you can adopt. DCFS has a clause in their foster care licensure section and it makes it impossible for ex drug felons to foster or adopt. i woulde going through an agency in California to adopt a newborn. will that prevent me from adopting? Will i need a lawyer to fight so i can adopt?

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I live in the state of Texas. My husband and I want to Foster

I live in the state of Texas. My husband and I want to Foster to adopt through a state licensed foster agency. I am 35, when I was 18 I was convicted of theft by unlawful taking, 3rd class felony in Nebraska. I have never been I trouble since and even then was with a boy that iniated the crime. Would this prevent texas from licensing me?

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