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: 2017-003746


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: 2017-004122


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: 2017-001350


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: 2017-004606


Seven siblings, ages 13 years to 3 years, came into DFS care in August, 2017  because the youngest child was brought to the hospital unresponsive with numerous brain hematomas, rib fractures, abdominal trauma, and bruising all over her body. The children’s mother was at work when the injuries were sustained. Child was under supervision of mom’s boyfriend. Boyfriend was incarcerated for abuse. Children are all placed with one of the children’s fathers and mom is also living in the house but is not allowed to be alone with the children as there are concerns about her protective capacity. She was allowing strangers to be in the home and leaving the children in their care. The current permanency plan is reunification. 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: 2017-004646


Three siblings, ages 8 years to 2 years, came into DFS care with other siblings in May, 2017 due to environmental and educational neglect. The home was filthy and smelled strongly of animal urine and feces. The family has several pets that are not housetrained and neither parent cleans up after them. There is also domestic violence and substance abuse in the home between the parents. These children are placed with a paternal aunt. The siblings, who have a different father, are placed in other homes and have their own attorneys. These clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004479


A 5 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 when he was born substance exposed and prematurely at 27 weeks gestation. Mother has substance abuse issues with methamphetamine, marijuana, and morphine. She also lacks resources to care for a newborn baby. The baby is placed in foster care. He needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004621


Two siblings, ages 15 years and 13 years, came into DFS care in August, 2017 when their adult sibling caretaker was arrested for domestic battery. She reportedly got into an altercation with the oldest child and pulled a knife on him. Their mother was incarcerated at the time but she was expected to be released in September. She was not present at the last court hearing at the end of October. DFS has been unable to locate their father. The children are currently placed with their maternal aunt. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004396


Three siblings, ages 11 years to 5 years, came into DFS care in August, 2017 due to their mother’s drug abuse and lack of resources to care for them. Their father is incarcerated and their mother was recently admitted to a rehab program for drug abuse. The children are currently placed with their maternal grandmother. The children may have special education needs. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003666


A 5 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 when he was born substance exposed. He is the sixth child to be removed from his mother’s care and the fourth to be removed from his father’s care. His parents have been out of contact since his birth. He does not currently have any adverse effects from his prenatal exposure to opiates and methamphetamine but he could in the future. He is currently placed with a foster family but DFS also submitted an ICPC for placement with grandmother out of state. He needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003771


Two siblings, ages 6 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in July, 2017 when their mother was arrested for domestic battery against her live-in boyfriend. She says she was defending herself. The children were present for the incident and there was nobody to care for the children when she was arrested. Mother has a history of mental health problems and father has not yet been located. The children are placed in a foster home. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003739


A 15 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to an altercation with her mother. Mother came home to find client having sex with boyfriend and mother hit and punched child in the face giving her a bloody nose and bruised lip. Client is currently placed with her maternal grandmother. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004887


A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care when she was born substance exposed while her mother was incarcerated. Her mother has a history of heroin use and used throughout her pregnancy. Father is also a heavy drug user. Client is currently placed in a foster home. She needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004678


A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care in August when she was born substance exposed. Her mother tested positive for opiates and baby did experience withdrawal symptoms. Her mother also has history of mental illness. Putative father is not on birth certificate but paternity testing has taken place; results pending. Child is currently placed with maternal aunt, maternal uncle, and maternal grandmother. Father has reportedly made no effort to visit child at their house. She needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004400


A 4 year old girl came back into DFS care in August, 2017 when police executed a search warrant on father’s home and found mother and child living there. The child was originally placed in DFS care in August, 2016 when child’s mother made sexual abuse allegations against her stepfather. She disclosed to family members that she was sexually abused by stepfather and stepfather is this child’s natural father. Child was placed with her paternal grandmother until her mother absconded with her in November, 2016. The child’s father is currently awaiting trial for sexual abuse of his stepdaughters and is under a no contact with children order, yet the child’s mother allowed this child to live with him. The child is currently placed in foster care. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes and legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2014-004522


Two siblings, ages 4 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in July, 2014 due to their mother’s mental health issues. Their natural mother and father’s parental rights have been terminated. They girls currently live with their maternal grandmother in Alaska. She is an adoptive resources. Sibling visitation may need to be established and educational and developmental issues may need to be addressed. Their former attorney moved out of state and they need a new attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005456


A 10 year old girl came into DFS care with siblings in June, 2017 due to her parents’ drug abuse. Her parents were unable to provide for the care, safety, and well-being of the child. This is the second time this client and her siblings have come into care. This client has different wishes than her siblings. She may not want to be reunified with parents. Her siblings already have an attorney. This client is currently placed with fictive kin. She may need to testify at her parents’ trial. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure she is prepared to testify. There is an Adjudicatory Trial on November 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2017-005534


A 7 year old boy came into DFS care with his sister in September, 2017 when police were called due to a domestic violence incident between mom and stepdad. Subsequently, DFS discovered there was an open CPS case for mother in another state due to client’s sister allegations of sexual abuse against stepfather. Mother agreed to have children placed with a relative but then absconded the state with children. All parties are now in Nevada and the other state is not seeking to assert jurisdiction. This client does not believe his sister was sexually abused. Client’s father has not been involved in his life. Client is currently placed in foster care and his wishes are unknown. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005499


A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in August, 2017. His mother has history of substance abuse issues with alcohol and methamphetamine but child did not test positive for drugs at time of birth. Mother and father tested positive for drugs and they have other children that were removed from their care due to drug abuse. Child is currently placed with maternal grandmother. He needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004765


Three siblings, ages 12 years to 1 year, came into DFS care in August, 2017 due to allegations of sexual and physical abuse made by two of their siblings against an older teenager (not a sibling) living in the home. When they reported the abuse to their mom, she packed the alleged perpetrator’s bags and threatened to kick him out, but then didn’t follow through. These children have made no sexual abuse allegations. All of the siblings are placed back in the mother and father’s home with their maternal grandmother in an in-home safety plan. The other siblings will be assigned their own counsel. These children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004763


Two siblings, ages 8 years and 5 years, came into DFS care with siblings in August, 2017 when they made allegations of physical and sexual abuse against an older teenager (not a sibling) living in the home. When they reported the abuse to their mom, she packed the alleged perpetrator’s bags and threatened to kick him out, but then didn’t follow through. All of the siblings, including these clients, are placed back in the mother and father’s home with their maternal grandmother in an in-home safety plan. The other siblings will be assigned their own counsel as they made no sexual abuse allegations and may have differing wishes. The oldest sibling may have known about the abuse and there are concerns she may be bullying these children for “starting trouble” and “telling the family business.” These children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004761


A 15 year old girl came into DFS care with siblings in August, 2017 due to allegations of sexual and physical abuse made by two of her siblings against an older teenager (not a sibling) living in the home. When they reported the abuse to their mom, she packed the alleged perpetrator’s bags and threatened to kick him out, but then didn’t follow through. This child and three other siblings have made no sexual abuse allegations. There is concern this client may be bullying the children who made the allegations for “starting trouble” and “telling the family business.” All of the siblings are placed back in the mother and father’s home with their maternal grandmother in an in-home safety plan. The other siblings will be assigned their own counsel. This client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005463


A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care in September, 2017 when she was born drug exposed. Her mother admitted using drugs during her pregnancy and for the past ten years. Her father also has a history of drug use and is currently incarcerated. The baby is placed with her maternal grandparents; the mother is also living in the home but is not allowed to be with the child alone at this time. She needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002816


Two sisters, ages 3 and 1, came into DFS care in May, 2017 due to inadequate supervision and parents’ drug use. Natural mother left the children with fictive kin for several days at a time and fictive kin is no longer willing to care for the children without DFS involvement. The children are currently placed with fictive kin. Both children show some signs of developmental delay. The 1-year old just recently started to sit up on her own and doesn’t crawl or walk. Mother and father’s parental rights have been terminated in regard to two other children. The children need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004101


Seven siblings, ages 17 years to 1 year, came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to natural mother being caught squatting. There are concerns of chronic homelessness and lack of adequate resources. Four of the children are currently placed with fictive kin. The other three children are placed with paternal aunt. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal interests regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005708


An 11 year old boy came into DFS care in October, 2017, because his natural mother is incarcerated and his putative father’s whereabouts are unknown.  The natural mother signed a temporary guardianship of the child to the maternal grandmother, but the child may not want to be placed with his maternal grandmother.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005422


Three sisters, ages 13 years to 6 years, came into DFS care in September, 2017.  Both parents have a history of domestic violence, and the natural mother has untreated mental health issues. The current placement of the children will need to be verified, as well as whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) applies.  Middle child is prescribed medication for autism and anxiety, and follow-up is needed regarding psychiatric appointments. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may be needed for all three children. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005240


A 6 year old girl came into DFS care in September, 2017, because both of her parents are incarcerated, and have a history of domestic violence.  The child is placed with her maternal aunt, and has supervised visitation with some of her siblings.  Visitation may need to be established with the rest of the child’s siblings, and paternity may also need to be verified.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004754


A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care at birth because her mother is currently homeless and addicted to methamphetamines.  The child was treated for signs of withdrawal and is now placed in a licensed foster home.  Paternity may need to be established for the putative fathers.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005987


A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in October 2017 due to allegations of inadequate supervision against his natural mother. Natural mother had been leaving the child in the care of others and would also often fail to tend to the child’s needs. Natural mother is believed to be homeless. There are also concerns that natural mother may have a substance abuse problem. Putative father was incarcerated at the time of removal. The child is currently placed in a foster home and has visitation with natural mother at Child Haven. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004766


A 1 year old girl came into DFS care in August, 2017, because both of her parents are incarcerated. Her natural mother has a history of substance abuse issues and lacks stable income and employment.  Paternity may need to be established, as well as whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) applies.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005071


A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in September, 2017, because his parents were unable to care for him. Both parents have a history of homelessness, substance abuse issues, and potential untreated mental health issues. An Interstate Compact for Placement of Child (ICPC) is pending for the child’s maternal grandparents in California. Physical health and development issues may also need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005413


A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in September, 2017 when he was born exposed to amphetamines. Natural mother has a history of substance abuse. The natural father is deceased.  Sibling visitation may need to be established for the child, and out-of-state placement options need to be addressed.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005409


Five siblings, ages 6 years to 3 months, came into DFS care in September, 2017, because their natural mother has untreated mental health issues, and all parents have a history of substance abuse and domestic violence issues, and lack the resources necessary to provide for the children. The children are currently staying with one of their paternal grandmothers, but both fathers have requested placement, as well as their maternal grandmother.   An attorney is needed to represent the clients’ wishes and legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006100


A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care in October, 2017, when she was brought to the hospital with a laceration in her mouth bruising all over her body. Mom and Dad were both arrested.  Mom has prior CPS history.  The child has no special needs and has been placed with a paternal relative.  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: 2017-005976


Two sisters, ages 10 years and 6 years, came into DFS care in October, 2017, because their adoptive mother (their paternal grandmother) returned the children to their natural mother, exposing them to incidents of domestic violence and substance abuse. The children have also reported concerns of physical abuse by the adoptive mother and the paternal aunt, and they are currently placed in Child Haven. The children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002218


A 5 year old girl came into DFS care in April, 2017, because her natural parents have a history of substance abuse and domestic violence. She is currently placed with her natural mother and maternal grandparents. There is an in-home safety plan in place. The case may close at the upcoming status hearing. Health and educational issues may need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes and legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002173


A 6 year old boy came into DFS care in April, 2017, when the police arrested his natural father for outstanding warrants, after finding both of them wandering around the airport, and his father’s behavior was paranoid and erratic. The father is currently on house arrest, and the mother has recently been released on parole from incarceration. Both parents have significant mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and lack of resources such as employment, stable housing, and income. The child is currently placed with his maternal grandmother. Follow-up may be needed regarding his Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plan at school. Parental visitation may also need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003237


A 6 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 at birth, because he was born premature due to being exposed to methamphetamines. Both parents have a history of substance abuse and homelessness, and paternity will need to be established. The child is currently placed in a licensed foster home. The natural mother’s whereabouts are currently unknown, and neither parent has attended any scheduled visitations with the child or participated in any court proceedings. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005486


A 1 year old boy came into DFS care in September, 2017, when his mother was brought to the hospital for methamphetamine abuse. Mother agreed to seek professional help and was admitted to the WestCare program to obtain treatment for her substance abuse. Paternity may need to be established, as the mother stated that there are three potential fathers; however, none have had any contact with the child. The child is currently placed with the maternal grandmother, who also has guardianship of the child’s other two siblings and is willing to maintain guardianship of this child for as long as needed. An attorney is needed to represent his legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005483


A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in August, 2017, when he was born drug exposed. He was kept at the hospital for an additional two weeks on methadone treatment. Neither, mother or the putative father, came to visit the child at the hospital. An in-home present danger plan was put in place with several family members, however, both parents continued their drug abuse upon the child’s return from the hospital. The child was removed from their care and is currently placed with his maternal uncle. Paternity may need to be established, as well as visitation with his other two siblings who currently reside with the mother and maternal grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent his legal rights regarding placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005567


Two sisters, ages 15 years and 1 year, came into DFS care in September, 2017, because their mother left them at an adult sibling’s home without any arrangements to care for them. The sisters are still currently placed with their adult sibling. The mother and older sibling’s father have a history of substance abuse issues and possible undiagnosed mental health issues. Visitation with the mother is supervised but sporadic, and no visitation occurs with the natural or putative fathers. Paternity may need to be established for the younger sibling, and she may also have health concerns, as she was born drug exposed. There are three other siblings that they maintain regular visitation with. An attorney is needed to represent the sisters’ wishes and legal rights regarding placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005380


Two siblings, ages 5 years and 2 years, came into DFS care in September, 2017, due to a domestic violence incident between their parents. The mother and younger sibling’s natural father have a history of domestic violence, as well as substance and alcohol abuse. The children are currently placed with their mother and fictive kin.  Visitation may need to be addressed with the children’s half sibling and the younger sibling’s natural father.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005585


Two siblings, ages 3 years and 2 months, came into DFS care in October, 2017, because the younger sibling was born prematurely and severely exposed to methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine. The baby was in critical condition with a collapsed lung and severe withdrawal symptoms. The parents have a history of substance abuse issues and lack the necessary resources to care for the children. The children are currently placed with their maternal grandmother. Visitation with their other two siblings may need to be addressed, as well as health issues regarding the younger sibling. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005749


A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in October, 2017, because he was born exposed to amphetamines and opioids. Both parents have a history of substance abuse. The child is currently placed with his maternal grandmother and has supervised visits with his natural mother. Paternity may need to be established, and visitation with the putative father may need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005702


A 4 month old baby boy came into DFS care in October, 2017 because his parents are unwilling and unable to care for him.  The child has not received appropriate nutrition or pediatric care, and both parents have a history of domestic violence and substance abuse issues. The mother has a history of noncompliance with prior permanency cases, and her rights have also been terminated to two of her other children. This child is currently placed in a licensed foster home.  He has supervised visitation with natural mother, but visitation with the putative father and siblings may need to be addressed. Paternity may need to be established as well.  The child’s physical health may also need to be addressed.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006301


A 6 year old boy came into DFS care in October, 2017, because his mother was arrested for fraud, possession of drugs, and a stolen assault rifle, and the putative father is currently a fugitive, but is allegedly working to remedy the situation.  Paternity will need to be established, and educational issues may need to be addressed.  The child is currently placed in a licensed foster home.  He has supervised visitation with his parents, and follow-up is needed as to placement options.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006509


A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care in November, 2017, because her natural father was arrested for drug and firearm possession, her living arrangements were unsuitable, and both parents have a history of substance abuse issues.  Paternity needs to be verified, and the child’s physical health may also need to be addressed, because she was born substance-exposed.  The child is currently placed with her maternal grandmother, and she has weekly supervised visitation with her parents.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006721


A 14 year old girl came into DFS care in November, 2017, because her adoptive grandmother and paternal aunt are unwilling and unable to care for her.  The child’s adoptive grandmother is currently in hospice and is unable to care for her.  The child was living with her paternal aunt, but was removed from her care due to allegations of physical abuse.  The child is currently placed at Child Haven with her older brother.  Visitation with the maternal grandmother and her sibling may need to be addressed.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2015-002852


A 16 year old boy came into DFS care in January, 2015, after a report of severe physical abuse regarding multiple incidents occurring over the years by both, the mother and the mother’s boyfriend, against the child and his three siblings. The mother has agreed to relinquish her rights to the child, and the mother is currently residing in Texas with the child’s other three siblings. The child’s father is unknown. The child is currently placed in a licensed foster home, which may be an adoptive resource. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002519


A 14 year old girl came into DFS care in April, 2017, with ten siblings and half-siblings. The abuse petition alleges that many of the children were witnesses to the abuse and death of one of their siblings by their stepfather and mother. They were also allegedly subjected to physical and mental abuse themselves. The family has a history with DFS involvement. The child is currently placed at St. Jude’s Ranch in Boulder City with some of her siblings. Due to the trauma, the child will likely require intensive services, individual, and family therapy. An educational surrogate has been appointed to the child to address her educational needs, and an ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children) is currently being worked out with California for possible placement with paternal family members. The child may also be called to testify in both the civil and criminal matters. The child needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, to ensure the proper services are in place, and to ensure that she is prepared to testify at any upcoming trials.

Case Number: 2016-005745


Three siblings, ages 6 years to 2 years, came into DFS care in November, 2016, due to their mother’s and the youngest sibling’s father’s alcohol abuse and domestic violence. The older sibling’s natural father is currently unknown, and the middle sibling’s natural father is incarcerated. The older sibling is currently placed with putative paternal fictive kin, whom are adoptive resources. The younger two siblings are placed in a licensed foster home; however the maternal grandmother has recently moved to Las Vegas and is a potential adoptive resource for the two younger siblings. The mother is currently exercising supervised visits at Child Haven with all siblings. The youngest sibling’s father has exercised sporadic supervised visits with that child, but he has failed to comply with the domestic violence services requirements made by DFS, and he has stopped communicating with DFS. Educational and behavioral issues may need to be addressed with the middle sibling. Visitation between the siblings may also need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding placement, permanency, visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006532


A seven month old baby boy came into DFS care in November, 2017, because the natural father was arrested for domestic violence against natural mother, who supports father and refuses to remove the child and herself from that environment. The mother may also have a history of substance abuse issues. The child is currently placed with a maternal great aunt. Parental visitation may need to be addressed, as well as the child’s physical health. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) may apply. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006404


A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in November, 2017, because he was born exposed to amphetamines, methamphetamines, and marijuana. Both of his parents have a history of substance abuse issues.  The child is currently placed with his maternal grandmother, who lives with the child’s natural parents.  An In-Home Safety Plan is in place. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) may apply.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.