Two siblings, ages 7 and 1, came into DFS care in March, 2017 due to mom’s inadequate supervision. She overdosed on prescription medication in a suicide attempt. She has a history of unstable mental health. 1 year old daughter was home at the time. Mom was taken to the hospital. Subsequently, children were placed with fictive kin, mom’s step-mom. Step-mom has placement of older sibling under guardianship. Discussions with mom about guardianship for clients is ongoing. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.
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