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My granddaughter was taken from her mother and placed in foster care by Department of Children and Families (DCF). Her father, my son who is currently in prison provided me with a Power of Attorney for Parental and Custodial Rights and asked the judge to place her in my care. The judge said she could live with me as soon as DCF approved the house with a "home visit". I have been approved for a low income single family home for the two of us. All I need is her social security card. Social Security will only give a replacement card to the birth mother or birth father. No one knows where her mother is. I was told I need a "closing order". What is that?
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Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

This is an Order from the Court making a final determination that the child is dependnet upon you and that you are approved for the supervision of the child.

The Order is issued under Section 39.507 of the Florida Statutes which you can find here:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0039/Sections/0039.507.html

File a Motion before the same judge asking that he issue a final Order granting you legal custody of the child. With that Order you can obtain the Social Security Card.

You can use this Petition as a guide, but you will have to edit it to fit your situation:

https://www.marioncountyclerk.org/_files/PetitiontoEstablishParentingPlanParentsnevermaried1.pdf

Or see if legal services can assist you in putting the request together. You can reach them here:

http://www.floridalegal.org/

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