2 month old child came into DFS care on January 9, 2019 after mother gave birth. Mother has a substantial history with DFS (drugs and mental health issues) and a hospital alert was issued after mother was believed to be pregnant. Despite this alert, mother was discharged with child, and no drug testing was done at the time of birth. She has 4 other children not in her care in an open DFS case. Father is unknown. Parents do not appear to be engaged with the department. This child is currently placed in foster care, as the family member who currently has the 4 other children declined to be placement for the newborn. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for February 7, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.
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