Family Law

Family Law Questions? Ask a Family Lawyer Online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Family Law
This answer was rated:

CPS law

Would like to talk one...

Would like to talk one on one with an attorney that specializes in CPS law in the state of WA. We are trying to get certified as foster parents and also have custody of our grandchildren. We started proceedings with the foster parenting procedures, getting to the electronic fingerprinting process as directed by CPS. She never replied or responded to the results of the testing. We got an attorney when we realized that we are being put off and started with the custody plan. The caseworker ignored all written and phone messages, only saying she will get back to us. Today, she contacted our attorney saying that a placement has been made with other family members. Our records are clean. We have had the grandchildren since their birth. They are safe with us. Isn't there a law or statute in the state of WA that protects our rights? The other grandmother, that had absolutely nothing to do with them financially, works for the state. She, we believe, is using her influence to acquire the children. Isn't there a law against this? She has a shady past with cocaine and alcohol. She lost her children to CPS. Her live-in boyfriend also has past alcohol issues and lost his kids, too. My husband and I have a clear past. What can we do? Can you give us anything that will press this issue?

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 12 hours by:
5/15/2013
AttyCBradford
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 643
Experience: Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorney serving California Statewide
Verified

AttyCBradford :

Hello I am sorry to hear about your situation. While I am not a WA, I do handle these types of case in CA routinely. When you are denied foster/adoption parents you are allowed and in fact you have a right to an appeal. Generally the first step is to contact your social worker and if they will not discuss the case you will have to go over their head to their supervisor and request what is known as a grievance hearing.

AttyCBradford :

Here is a link to how to request a grievance hearing in the state of WA

AttyCBradford :

http://www.washingtoncountychildren.com/130

AttyCBradford :

If I have answered all of your questions please press accept and provide positive feedback so I will get credit for assisting you. PLEASE NOTE: this is a PAID answering service and we only receive credit for assisting you if you accept the answer. If you are not satisfied and need additional assistance, please ask before providing negative feedback and I would be glad to assist you further. Sometimes I am working with more than one customer at a time so please allow a chance to respond. Thank you and I wish you the best in your situation! I strongly suggest that you consult with a local attorney in your area on this matter. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor has an attorney-client relationship been formed.

Customer:

Thank you for the link and the best knowledge for your state of CA. I had really hoped for a WA state attorney, but I guess that was unavailable. I will give you a positive rating for your answer. Thank-you.

AttyCBradford
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 643
Experience: Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorney serving California Statewide
Verified
AttyCBradford and 87 other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

OOPS! You sent me to the state of Ohio. The link was for Washington County, Ohio, not Washington State.

I am sorry I apologize here is the correct information:

Washington
Adoptive parents have the right to request a fair hearing to contest decisions made by the Department of Social and Health Services that affects their child’s adoption assistance benefits. Adoptive parents are asked to contact the Office of Administrative Hearings or their adoption assistance worker to request a fair hearing, or phone 800.562.5682 for further information. Either the parent or their representative may request a hearing. The request must be made within in 90 days of the date of the decision. Decisions regarding the timeliness of a hearing request are the responsibility of the ALJ. All hearing requests should be forwarded for scheduling regardless of the date of the request. The request does not need to be in any particular form and can be made verbally or in writing. The request can be made to any responsible department employee. The request should include the decision being appealed and why the client is dissatisfied with the decision. However, any request indicating dissatisfaction with a department decision should be treated as a hearing request. Send requests to the following address:

Office of Administrative Hearings
P.O. Box 2465
Olympia, WA 98504-2465
The above information and further explanation of the fair hearing process can be found at the following links: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/Publications/22-1211.pdf (see page 17) and http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=388-27-0365.
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Ask AttyCBradford Your Own Question
AttyCBradford
AttyCBradford
AttyCBradford, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 643
643 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorney serving California Statewide

AttyCBradford is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,875 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,025 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

6,562 satisfied customers

JD, 17 years legal experience including family law

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,415 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,398 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,787 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
Mom left for her vacation in London without my daughter. I
Second opinion] Mom left for her vacation in London without my daughter. I don't know were she is. I suspect she is with her grandmother. My question is what kind of emergency motion can I get to take… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
How does this work?. I have a question about joint custody.
No, I have a question about joint custody. My son has turned 18 and would like to live with me exclusively. Can he decide where he wants to live before he graduates high school? … read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
2,787 satisfied customers
I have been divorced for 20 years and the property
i have been divorced for 20 years and the property settlement was never completed i signed over the house in return for no past presnt future child support or medical bills but she has refusrd to refi… read more
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley
JD
1,191 satisfied customers
I am a relative care giver and yesterday in court the father
Good Morning I am a relative care giver and yesterday in court the father of a child that is my custody made some claims against me that was not true every time I went to say my side of the story or s… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,100 satisfied customers
I have a question as to the rights that i have as far as
hello, i have a question as to the rights that i have as far as custody of my daughter. im affraid my boyfriend may want to take my child away from me. we are not married … read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
2,787 satisfied customers
I wanted to see if someone can help me with my case. I sign
I wanted to see if someone can help me with my case. I sign a temporary guardianship over to my friend to temporary assist with my daughter and now she refused to cancel it and now i am going to court … read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
1,939 satisfied customers
I was married for 20 years (still married actually) my wife
I was married for 20 years (still married actually) my wife and I had two sons and she went on birth control and decided she did not want more children. So she pushed and pushed for me to get a vasect… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
2,787 satisfied customers
My wife just left with my three year old daughter, I suspect
My wife just left with my three year old daughter, I suspect they are now in Texas . What shall I do ? … read more
QuickEasyLegalHelp
QuickEasyLegalHelp
70 satisfied customers
I heard there is new law in CA re: driving under influence
Hello, I heard there is new law in CA re: driving under influence of marijuana. My ex husband has marijuana license and was using it for 8 years. We have shared custody of our 4 y.o. Son. During Xmas … read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I need to know if I can foreclose on a property for child
I need to know if I can foreclose on a property for child support owed to me. The property is in Hawaii. is jointly owned by my ex and his sibblings. I reside in California. I have a lien on two of hi… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,316 satisfied customers
Oklahoma. I didn't file charges when the DV happened 2 years
I didn't file charges when the DV happened 2 years ago… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,316 satisfied customers
I had a child support case dropped last year, now the mother
I had a child support case dropped last year , now the mother gets mad when I'm late with the payment now she saying she going to open it back up Tuesday. He will be 17 May the31. But can she do that.… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
2,787 satisfied customers
My ex has skipped months at a time over 9 years. We were in
My ex has skipped months at a time over 9 years. We were in court and he gave bank statements showing he paid every month. It was no so, actually I turned to child services because of the problem. In … read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
1,939 satisfied customers
How does it work if you are the holder of a Trust fund for
how does it work if you are the holder of a Trust fund for an ex-spouse who passes/dies? … read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
May I attach an Antenuptial Agreement, highlight a certain
May I attach an Antenuptial Agreement, highlight a certain paragraph and see if this is referring to "Rhonda's property" or the marital property?… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,828 satisfied customers
A past employee got Devorced and a court ruling between the
A past employee got Devorced and a court ruling between the two said that the husband had to pay 75% of a house pmt note and the wife had to pay 25%. The house is going into foreclosure at the end of … read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
Can my alimony money be taken to pay my exes lawyer fee for
Can my alimony money be taken to pay my exes lawyer fee for going to court? … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,307 satisfied customers
First of all my spouse and me have been having problems for
First of all my spouse and me have been having problems for some years and been married for 22 years so a few days ago she moved out without me being home(at work) and in the process having help to re… read more
Damien Bosco
Damien Bosco
3,370 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x