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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.I am sorry to hear of this situation for your grand children. The fact the parents have moved does not mean they have automatically relinquished their parental rights. However, the Children and Family Services may petition the court to have those rights terminated.The family members, may apply to have the children placed in their home. And once the DCFS does a background check, they could be placed with the family member.Any adult, related by blood or not, who plays a significant role in the life of a child or family and who may be considered for placement if a child has to be removed from the child’s home. Kinship Care The placement of a child in the home of the child's relative or in the home of another adult with whom the child or the child's parent already has a close emotional attachment. Kinship Care involves relatives and non-relative members extended, blended and other significant support persons caring for the child when the birth parent(s) cannot.So the process for the Paternal Grandparent is to contact DCFS and let them know they are available and willing and able to take the children. It is a process, however, as I noted. But the same process of a background check and home environment check would also be court ordered, if the Grandparent were to Petition the Court for Guardianship. The court will not automatically release to anyone who has not yet passed a background check. Keep in mind, that most times, the courts will prefer family members over strangers.
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