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Dss took my children out of my home after my estranged wife was found to have given my 14 year old daughter drugs or means to do drugs. I tested negative for all illicit substances. I was just denied custody again and my children are still in their safety plan and out of my home. It has been 46 days but If I pay enough money for certain classes I can get them back

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?

No I can't afford an attorney and dss told me If I fight it, my children will be removed for even longer

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

SC. the determination of facts sheet has lies about my children knowing I smoke Marijuana. The dss case worker told them

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I have been primary care giver for my now four year old son since he was 1.5 years old, My wifes home smelled of marijuana on the intial visit because my daughter was allowed to smoke in the home, she has admitted to smoking in the same closed room as my little boy

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
What can I do, how can I get my children back? I have been finicially supporting them still since their removal and now dss wants to me to pay for parenting classes and drug/ alcohol treatment. I have been threatened with being arrested and never seeing my children again. How do I fight DSS in SC
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Family Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 3 months ago

Unfortunately at this point, since DSS has gotten involved, you do need to comply with the requirements they've set forth.

DSS does have the legal authority to terminate parental rights if a parent does not comply with the reunification/ parenting plan as set forth by DSS.

It is possible that you can hire an attorney to file some motions in opposition to their findings, but if hiring an attorney is not a financial option right now, then you really do need to comply with the requirements and classes being set forth by DSS.

It is understandably a very frustrating situation, but they are the ones legally in position to terminate your rights if you do not comply, so it is best to move along with the reunification plan as they set forth.

If you do decide that you'd like to hire an attorney to combat this, you can contact the South Carolina State Bar and ask for a referral to a family lawyer in your area.

The phone number is:

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