Case Number: 2017-002232


Two siblings, ages 4 and 1, came into DFS care because there was a report of inadequate supervision. Maternal grandma had guardianship of children due to a recent CPS case. Mom has a relationship history involving domestic violence, drugs, and instability. In April, 2017 mom went to the older child’s birthday party. She drank all day and was high on marijuana. She forcefully left the residence with the children. Mom is unemployed and faces eviction. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001718


Four siblings, ages 7  years to 3 months, came into DFS care when the youngest child was born exposed to methamphetamine. Mom admitted to using meth 3 to 4 when she was pregnant. Mom also used drugs when she was pregnant in 2014. There is domestic violence in the home. Dad shows characteristics of an addict. The parents want to do drug court. The children are currently separated, but the Department is looking to place them together with fictive kin. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001742


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.

Case Number: 2017-002742


Two siblings, ages 3 and 2, came into DFS care because mom tested positive for meth and heroin and she was under the influence when a specialist visited her home. She left the children unattended for hours at a time. The children currently reside with mom and grandmother. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002849


Two siblings, ages 3 and 2, came into DFS care due to a domestic violence incident between their parents.  Subsequently, they were placed together in foster care. Mom has substance abuse issues and dad has anger issues. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001936


A 2 year old boy came into DFS care in April, 2017 after his sister’s parents failed to pick her up from school (they both share the same mom, but they have different dads). Eventually, their aunt picked her up. Department visited their home and found mom high on meth. Both of his sister’s parents insisted that they were not responsible for any children. They acknowledged receiving phone calls from the child’s school. Although 3 adults resided at home, none of them treated client’s diaper rash. Client’s dad, living in Germany, made contact with the Department after hearing about this case. He would like custody of his child, but he was denied travel to the U.S. 3 times. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003177


A 3 year old boy came into DFS care with siblings in April, 2016 due to mom’s neglect. Child is placed with two siblings in a relative’s home. This child was recently found to have a different dad than the siblings. His Dad has drug abuse issues but is working his case plan for reunification. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002929


An 8 month old baby girl came into DFS care with her younger sister in May, 2017 because dad and his girlfriend were on drugs, mental health issues, and domestic violence. They also lack resources for the child. Mom failed to make herself available. Her living situation is unstable and she lacks a permanent home address. Child was placed with her paternal aunt. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003131


A 5 year old girl came into DFS care with her sister in May, 2017 due to her parents’ drug use. Dad used opiates in front of his children and made suicidal statements. Mom used meth and became destructive when she got upset. She is incarcerated for meth and warrants. Grandma may use drugs as well. Currently, child is placed with paternal aunt. Child may be Native American descent so the Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002606


A 3 year old boy came into DFS care with siblings in May, 2017 after he was found wandering several blocks from home unsupervised. He was wearing only a diaper and sustained multiple injuries; including: burns, bruises, and scratches. Child was underweight at 22.6 pounds. After learning about his child’s injuries, dad showed little interest. Dad has a history of domestic violence. The home was dirty and dangerous for a child. Mom lives out-of-state and she has an open CPS case with her other children. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003339


A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in May, 2017 when he was born substance exposed. Child was placed in intensive care and suffered withdrawals. Mom tested positive for methamphetamines, methadone, and opiates. Dad appeared under the influence of drugs when child was born. Both parents have a history of heroin use. Currently, child is placed with grandparents. They allow and supervise visits with child’s parents. Parents reportedly want to get clean to get their child back. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000028


A 17 year old boy came into DFS care in December, 2016 due to neglect by his parents. They dropped him off at his aunt’s house but no legal guardianship was put in place. The client came into care when he was accused of sexually abusing his 5-year old cousin. The client may have been sexually abused at a younger age. His father is believed to be homeless in Utah and his mother’s whereabouts are unknown. His parents are not engaged in services and are not visiting with the child. He is currently placed in a group home for juvenile sex offenders and receiving juvenile sex offender treatment. He is also on probation for 3 years. He has an IEP in place. Before coming into DFS care he had not attended school for 2 years. This past school year, he passed all of his classes. His permanency plan is OPPLA (aging out of foster care); he was assigned an independent living worker. He was previously represented but his attorney passed away. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place as he transitions into adulthood.

Case Number: 2017-002705


A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care in March, 2017 when she was born exposed to drugs. Dad abandoned the child and is unable or unwilling to care for her. Child was placed with fictive kin. Mom used drugs, preferably meth and marijuana, on a regular basis. She has mental health issues. In the past, four other children were removed from her care. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003593


A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when police found her wandering around an apartment complex unsupervised. Mom was located 30 minutes after the police arrived. Mom admitted that she left the child alone, while she was asleep. Mom went down the street for a money order to pay rent. The child is able to open doors on her own, so mom installed a child safety knob. However, she believes that the door was not fully closed when she left. The child was removed from her parents twice before. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003602


Three siblings, ages 14 years to 6 years, came into DFS care in June, 2017 when their parents were arrested for parole violation. Their home was messy and unclean. Parents used meth, but they believe they can overcome it. They never used near the children. Both parents work and receive government assistance. Currently, the children reside with their maternal grandparents. Two of the children have disabilities. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003746


A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to physical abuse and neglect. Mom has a history with DFS. In April, 2017 during a Probable Cause Hearing, the active protection order, granting mom primary custody, was discussed. Mom was not at hearing but Dad was. Child was found to be in dad’s custody for the past 6 months. The court ordered child to be taken into protective custody. However, dad refused and took the child. Both a warrant and a missing person’s report were filed. 2 months later, police found child at mom’s home. Mom was uncooperative with police and placed on a Legal 2000. The child had bruises on her buttocks and inner thighs because mom disciplined her. She is currently placed in foster care. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003407


A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in June, 2017 because of dad’s inadequate supervision. A specialist found dad at home. He was sleeping after drinking alcohol. He has problems paying attention and sometimes becomes verbally abusive. In the past, he could not find his child in a parking lot for 20 minutes. Child is placed with paternal great aunt. Currently, mom is incarcerated. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000702


Two siblings, ages 1 year and 7 months, came into DFS care in December, 2016 and January, 2017. Mom abandoned her baby girl at the hospital and later took her son there for serious injuries. Mom’s boyfriend was abusing the baby boy. He had sepsis, a stomach abscess, and perforated bowel. Currently, they are placed with their paternal grandmother. Their current plan is reunification, but dad wants to relinquish parental rights, so paternal grandmother can adopt. Mom, her boyfriend, and dad are currently incarcerated. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003549


A 9 year old boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 after dad accidentally drowned. Dad was granted sole custody last year, so there are currently no caregivers available. Since dad was granted custody, mom declined visitation. She has a history of mental health issues. Her current whereabouts are unknown. Currently, child is staying in Texas with his paternal relatives for a 30-day vacation stay. They are filing for Guardianship, and an Interstate Compact for Placement of Children is pending. If the Compact is not completed, child will be placed in a Nevada foster home. There is a therapy referral for when the child is placed. Client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003592


A 1 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017, when he was born prematurely because mom suffered a ruptured uterus. Mom required an emergency C-section. Currently, she is unconscious and intubated with no prognosis or recovery plan. Dad is homeless. He wants to get back on his feet, but he lacks a plan. Both parents have had drug abuse issues in the past; but tested clean at the time of child’s birth. Their parental rights have been terminated for their other children. Child currently resides with fictive kin. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003645


A 1 month old baby girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when she was born exposed to drugs. Mom and child tested positive for amphetamines. Child was treated for withdrawal. Mom is an addict and bipolar. She lost legal rights to children in the past. Paternity may need to be established because there is no dad on the birth certificate. Dad’s identity is known; his location is not. Both parents are homeless and neither appeared in court. Despite this, mom expressed a desire to participate in a case plan. The parents may have supervised visitation if they make contact. The permanency plan is reunification. The Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. Presumed dad may be Cherokee. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004181


A 1 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 due to inadequate supervision. Mom is incarcerated for drug use; she used during her first trimester. She had prenatal care and the child is healthy. She will be released on August 17, 2017. Mom has another child who is currently in foster care. Dad’s whereabouts are unknown. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003535


Baby Boy, 1 month old, came into DFS care in July, 2017 because he was born premature and drug exposed. He is being treated for possible sepsis and is fed through a nasogastric tube. Mom was incoherent and unable to control her emotions at the hospital. She tested positive for meth. 2 days later, mom left the hospital without her child. However, she visits regularly; sometimes twice a day. She may be homeless and possibly mentally impaired. She stated that she lived with maternal grandmother. Mom named someone other than the putative father. Paternity must be established and child’s birth certificate requires amendment. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003795


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.

Case Number: 2017-004122


A 1 year old baby girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when mom was arrested for active warrants. Mom is incarcerated, but she will be released in October, 2017. Dad is also incarcerated. Child was placed with maternal grandmother. She is capable and willing to take care of child until mom is released. Grandmother will also let mom and her children stay with her after she is released; mom is pregnant. Mom agrees to give grandmother temporary custody of child. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000088


Two siblings, ages 8 years and 6  years, came into DFS care in October, 2016 when their step-sister reported that their dad sexually abused her. Subsequently, dad moved out and the children were placed with mom. However, mom was allowing dad to spend night and essentially move back in. Currently, clients are placed with their maternal grandmother. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001242


A 5 month old baby boy came into DFS care in March, 2017 due to mom’s drug abuse. Mom will soon be homeless and she is unemployed. She is unable to maintain child’s basic needs. Dad is incarcerated. Mom did not take advantage of drug court referrals, counseling referrals, or domestic violence counseling. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003657


A 10 year old girl came into DFS care with her half-siblings in July, 2017, when their natural mother was taken into police custody for a previous incident where she is accused of firing a gun at a vehicle in the presence of her children. Natural mother appeared to be under the influence at the time of her arrest and there have been ongoing concerns of substance abuse. This client is currently placed with her maternal grandparents and her half-siblings have been released to their father’s care. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003830


A 4 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017, when her natural father was arrested for money laundering. He is in federal custody. Natural mother resides in another state where she currently has an open CPS case involving her youngest son. Both parents have a history of substance abuse. The child is currently in Child Haven. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001350


Four siblings, ages 12 years to 2 years, came into DFS care in March, 2017 due to their father’s incarceration and paternal family’s unwillingness to continue caring for the children. He is expected to be incarcerated for 3-8 years. Their mother is deceased. The children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004414


A 13 year old boy came into DFS care in April 2017, because his mother is unwilling or unable to care for him.  The client and his three sisters previously came into care several times due to extremely unsanitary living conditions and no parental supervision.  His mother is possibly mentally impaired, and his father has never been in contact nor provided any support.  Sibling visitation may need to be arranged.  The client has several academic, behavioral, and health issues that need to be addressed; he currently works with a therapist and is prescribed multiple psychotropic medications. He also runs away quite frequently and is currently on runaway status. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, visitation, and placement, and to ensure the proper services are in place. Additionally, he may need to be placed in a Residential Treatment Center and the placement cannot move forward until he has legal representation. There is a Review Hearing on 11/15/17 at 10:45 am in CR 11.

Case Number: 2017-005231


A 2 year old boy came into DFS custody in 2015 due to neglect and his natural mother and father’s parental rights were terminated in March, 2017. Client has been living with foster parents since January, 2017 and they are an adoptive resource. There is a maternal aunt who adopted two of this client’s half siblings and she would like to adopt this child. She previously had placement of this child from October, 2015 to January, 2017 along with the two siblings she adopted, however, DFS removed all of the children from her care in January, 2017 stating she was unable to meet the children’s medical, therapy and medication management needs. Eventually two siblings were returned to her care and their adoption was finalized. She states she has a better job and a new place to live and is now able to care for all of the children. The client’s current DFS permanency plan is adoption with the foster parents. The foster parents have retained counsel. A staff CAP attorney previously represented the client’s siblings and is not able to represent this client due to potential conflict. This client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency and sibling visitation.