Case Number: 2017-003795

In Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

A 9 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 because mom posted a suicidal statement on social media. At the time, mom was facing eviction. She was not serious about committing suicide, but she wanted to emphasize how serious the situation was; she wanted help. Mom struggled with drugs for the past 20 years. Child was severely overweight, not potty-trained, still wearing a diaper, and non-verbal. She was born substance exposed and required open heart surgery. She has not received any extra developmental help and acts on the same level as a 2-year old. Dad lives in California and has not had consistent contact with child. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

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