Case Number: 2019-000089

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

Two children, ages 7 years and 6 years, came into DFS care over concerns of domestic violence, drug use and general neglect. Both children had substantial developmental delays when they were removed from their parents. Although the parents initially made progress on their case plans (to the point they were having visits in the parents’ home), the parents relinquished their parental rights earlier this year. Both children are legally free for adoption but an adoptive resource has yet been identified. Despite being in care for so long, both clients have made substantial progress: The older child has been diagnosed with autism, but is verbal and wrapped in services. The younger child made so much progress that CCSD is proposing to terminate her individualized education plan (IEP).  There are other siblings, being represented by another attorney, so sibling visitation needs to be specifically addressed.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal rights and wishes as to placement, permanency, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing on April 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

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