Case Number: 2018-005255 (Pending Placement)


Five siblings, ages 11 years to 1 month, came into DFS care in May 2018 due to inadequate supervision.  The oldest child was found to be panhandling downtown.  Contact was made with his mother, who was subsequently arrested for Abuse/Neglect.   She has been released and is cooperating with the Department. Mother has a long history with CPS.  The children are in foster care and visitation has been arranged.   The children do not have any medical or mental health issues.  The whereabouts of the children’s fathers are currently unknown.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Permanency Planning Hearing set for May 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-007663


This matter came to the attention of CPS due to natural mother being deported to mexico 5 years ago, natural father is incarcerated. The children were staying with father’s girlfriend, however she has decided that she can no longer care for children and is moving to CA.  DFS made contact with the gradmother, who reported at this time she is unable to care for her grandchildren. At this time the home is no longer safe and appropriate. The children need an adult in the home to meet their basic needs. Therefore, the children have been taken into protective custody and placed at child haven.  The children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Permanency Planning Hearing set for July 10, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-005739


Two children, ages 4 and 1 years, came into DFS care on at the end of August due to the children being left alone without supervision and parents inability to adequately care for the children due to their substance abuse issues. The Children are currently being supervised in home with their natural parents. Both parents appear to be engaged in the proceedings. The children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing scheduled for February 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-006326


Four children total are in need of representation.  Three of the four children, ages 10, 8, and 5 years, came into DFS care on September 11, 2018 due to mother being unable to perform her parental duties. The fourth child, age 1 month, came into DFS care on November 15, 2018 due to concerns with Mother at time of birth. Mother was reported gone for a couple of days and the family does not have the resources to meet basic needs. The oldest children were subsequently placed with maternal aunt, while the newborn has been placed in a foster home. Mother appears to be engaged in the proceedings while the task of establishing paternity remains ongoing. The children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing set for March 26, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-006926


Three siblings, ages 7 years to 5 years, came into DFS care in October of 2018 due to the middle child having bruises on his neck and arms.  The report alleged that the minor was hit with an extension cord by their mother’s boyfriend.  The mother’s account of how the child came to have the bruises contradicts the children’s account of the incident.  The mother is aligned with her boyfriend.  The Department attempted to make contact with mother’s boyfriend with no success.  The family has history with the department, however the prior report was unsubstantiated.  The children were placed with their maternal grandparents.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for April 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-007853


One year old child came into DFS care on November 27, 2018 after an incident of domestic violence (thought to be related to opiate use) This incident resulted in the child’s father being arrested. Both parents admit to being heroin users. The family has CPS history due to the child being born substance exposed. Both parents were present at the initial hearing and appear to be willing to engage in services. 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 a Placement Hearing set for January 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., and there is a Review Hearing set for May 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-007689


Two siblings, ages 7 years and 8 years, came into DFS care in November 2018, when they were left at school on a holiday with no parent or guardian to pick them up.  CPS took the children to the Boys & Girls Club and subsequently to Child Haven as CPS was not able to establish contact with their mother.  The children’s mother later met with DFS and admitted to cocaine use as she works as a dancer and sometimes needs additional energy.   She further indicated that she thinks her boyfriend uses cocaine as well.   The mother has prior history involving domestic violence and has established a pattern of behaviors where her children are left in situations where there is not a care provider present to meet their needs.  The children have been placed together in a foster home.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-007607


Two young boys, ages 4 and 2 were removed due to the mother’s lacks of resources to provide for the subject minors, to-wit: stable housing and/or income and employment. This is the children’s 2nd removal. In a prior petition the children were removed from the mother and placed with their individual fathers.  The oldest child was subsequently removed from his father for drugs and the youngest child was removed from his father due to a domestic violence incident with the mother, thus resulting in the second removal and now within the last six months the children have been in several placements. An attorney is needed to represent these children’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the appropriate services needed are being provided by DFS. There is a Review Hearing set for May 15, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-008036


A baby boy came into care on or around November 6, 2018. Baby boy was dropped off at a fire station. Natural mother contacted DFS and asked for the baby back. Baby boy was returned on November 9, 2018. On November 16, 2018 mom walked into LVMPD and said she can not care for her baby.  DFS made arrangements for placement of the baby to be released into the care of a private adoption agency howevver, the mother has once again asked to have her child back.  Father is unknown however genetic testing is being ordered on a possible biological father.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal rights and wishes as to placement, visitation, and services.  There is a Status Check on February 12, 2019 at 9:45 a.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-007827


This baby was born substance exposed on November 21, 2018. The child is currently in the NICU and being treated for syphilis which he contracted from his mother. Natural mother is homeless, has no ability to care for a baby and plans to put the child up for adoption. Natural father would like to care for his son, but he is incarcerated and not able to establish employment or housing to meet the child’s needs.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 22, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. and a Disposition Hearing set for January 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-008053


2 year old, 1 year old and a newborn baby are currently placed together in a foster home.  Mother has substantial mental health issues, which are not under control.  Kids were in the home of the maternal grandmother, who had a temporary guardianship, but there were concerns that (1) mother would revoke the guardianship or leave and (2) there were reports of a injury to one of the children while they were all in grandmother’s home.  Family showed up at the last hearing and offered to take placement.  Maternal grandmother also applying for permanent guardianship.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure necessary services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for March 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-007973


Two year old child is in protective custody over concerns regarding her mother’s lack of stability. There are questions as to whether mother is using illegal substances, managing her mental health, and has resources for her daughter. The mother previously provided her mother, this child’s grandmother, had a temporary guardianship over the child, but the grandmother reports that mother frequently threatens to take away the child.  The father was recently released from prison, and wants to be in her life. He also opposes giving legal guardianship to the maternal grandmother.  DFS did not want to keep the child with her grandmother when they became involved – grandmother has a prior court substantiation for child abuse/neglect. The court has ordered the child remain there, with paternal grandparents supervising visits between the child and her father. Placement will likely be at issue going forward.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal rights and wishes as to placement, permanency, visitations and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-007318


A Baby Boy was born at the hospital with allegations of being a substance exposed infant. This baby was born at 34 weeks and is currently in the NICU for being born premature and complications from the alleged substances he was exposed to prior to birth. It is unknown at this time where natural mom lives and if she has adequate resources to appropriately meet the needs of her child.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent the child’s legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Status Check set for February 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for April 30, 2019 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-008029


A four year old child was removed from her mother’s care over concerns of drug abuse and domestic violence between the child’s mother and her boyfriend. At the time CPS responded to the hotline call, the mother could not be found. She later contacted CPS and said she was waiting for a bed to detox and admitted there was a drug abuse problem but wanted help.  The child is currently in a foster home, but a paternal relative can take her sometime in January of 2019.  The child may be able to live with her mother if she is accepted into a particular program for rehabilitation as well.  The child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to placement, permanency, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-007680


Three siblings, twin girls age 12 and a two month old baby boy, were removed from their mother due to domestic violence incidents between mother and the mom’s boyfriend who is the putative father of the baby boy.  The mother was incarcerated and was subsequently held on an ICE hold and remains incarcerated. The father of the twin girls is unknown. The putative father of the baby boy is currently submitting to paternity testing. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement and visitation.  There is a continued Plea Hearing set for January 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-007903 (Pending Placement)


Three children, A two year old and twin one year olds, were taken into care after mother was found under the influence.  Mother was staying with children at a shelter at the time.  She left the kids in the care of another resident; she was only to be gone for a few minutes.  After an hour passed, the resident tried to reach the mother by phone. When the mother picked up, she was panicked and reported that the car, which she had borrowed from that resident was on fire (turns out the mother drove the van into a mobile home, causing the van to catch on fire, and the mother fled the scene).  DFS tried to put a safety plan in place, but most of the participants could not pass background checks. Others were reluctant to participate again as this family has had six investigations since May 2018.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-007816


This child was born on November 11, 2018 with an allegation of being substance exposed. The baby was placed in the NICU as a result of the suspected substance exposure and is subsequently had to be treated for withdrawal symptoms.  She has since been discharged to a foster family.  Natural mother is unable to provide shelter or food for the child.  She is homeless and unemployed at the moment.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., A Calendar Call set for February 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., and an Adjudicatory Hearing set for March 1, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., All in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2018-007983


One year old little girl came into DFS care on December 2, 2018 after mother was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, and the child was found to be left home alone at the time. Mother has a history of drug abuse and domestic violence. Father is currently incarcerated. Mother failed to attend the initial hearing. It is unclear if contact has been made with father who is incarcerated in Arizona at this time. This child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-007964


2 year old child came into DFS care on November 26, 2018 after the he was found wondering the halls of the Golden Nugget casino unattended. Mother was later found asleep in a hotel room. Drugs and alcohol are believed to be involved. It is unclear from the reports what the status of the child’s natural father is at this time. Mother appears to be engaging with the department while efforts are being made to locate the father. 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 a Review Hearing set for May 21, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-007949


Three children, aged 4 years, 1 year and 5 months, came into DFS care on November 25, 2018 due to ongoing domestic violence incidents between the parents. Mother reportedly has an active protection order, yet continues to keep in contact with Father. Father is in police custody due to the latest incident. Mother appears to be participating, father is in custody. Children are placed with paternal aunt. Maternal grandmother has also expressed a desire to be placement. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-007676


A three year old child came into DFS care on November 14, 2018 after Mother and her boyfriend were arrested for domestic violence. Natural father appears to not be involved in the child’s life at all. No contact has been reported with him. Mother appears out of control and erratic.  Mother has suspected drug abuse problems. Mother appears to be oblivious to the child’s vulnerability. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent the child’s wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Calendar Call scheduled for January, 17 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-008283


Two children, ages 7 years and 6 years, came into DFS care on December 14, 2018 after investigations into allegations of environmental neglect after a maggot was discovered in one of the children’s backpacks. The family home was found to be in utter disarray. Both children are reported to be autistic. Mother appears unable to handle both children by herself. Father resides in Hawaii and has asked the department to provide help getting the children to him in Hawaii. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-007598


A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in November 2018 due to her parents being unable to care for her.  Her father was arrested for warrants, and her mother was later taken to the hospital for a possible drug overdose.  Paraphernalia was found inside the home.  All of this occurred in the maternal grandparent’s home.  The parents have an open CPS case in regards to domestic violence. There have also been prior investigations into the family due to similar allegations.  The natural father has two older children from another relationship who are not in their father’s care.  Sibling visitation may need to be addressed. The maternal grandparents are in the process of being cleared for placement of this child.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is Drug Court scheduled for January 15, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 21 and a Review Hearing set for May 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-008326


A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in November 2018 when she was found alone in her apartment after LVMPD came across her mother and her mother’s boyfriend in another part of the apartment complex.  The child has bad eczema which had not been treated.  She is currently placed with her maternal grandparents. The maternal grandparents are willing to allow the mother to move into their home, but the mother’s boyfriend is not invited.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing on January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-008360


A newborn baby girl came back into DFS care on December 20, 2018 after mother gave birth and tested positive for Meth and Marijuana at the hospital. Mother is reported to be homeless and admitted to not being prepared for the child when discharged. Mother has another child in DFS care at the moment. Mother does not appear to be engaged at this time. Father does not appear to have been located. Child is placed with older sibling in same foster home. 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 January 17, 2019 at 9:45 in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-008213


A 13 year old child was removed from his mother’s care after she got into an altercation with security at an apartment complex. Security saw the mother and an adult male enter a vacant apartment; when they tried to escort her out, she became combative and grabbed at an officer’s taser.  Law enforcement arrested the mother for possession of meth.  Her car, which was nearby, was actually a stolen vehicle. The child was in the car with nowhere to go when his mother was arrested.  This child has family in California. Since the incident, the mother has been released from jail, but she refuses to engage with DFS.   This 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 January 8, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-008130


9 year old and 6 year old siblings were found in a home squatting with their parents by law enforcement.  Law enforcement reported observing drug paraphernalia within reach of the children at the time they were found.  The father was arrested for outstanding warrants.  Both parents admitted to illicit drug use.  Children report loving their mother, wanting to go with her as soon as she has housing.  DFS is in the process of placing the kids with fictive kin.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent the children’s legal rights and wishes regarding permanency, placement, sibling and parental visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are provided.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-008226


Three year old child has been in DFS custody for most of her life as the result of her mother’s drug use.  The child’s mother made some progress on her case plan; she secured housing, financial assistance, and some income.  Because mom was doing so well, the child was returned to her mother’s care.  While the child was in her mother’s care, mom suffered her second relapse, and the child was placed back into foster care.  This case is going to be moving towards a termination of parental rights and the child is in need of an attorney to advocate for her legal rights and wishes as to placement, visitation, permanency, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for May 8, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-008167


Two siblings, age 1 year and age 3 months, were at home with parents with an active in home voluntary case plan when DFS became involved due to 3 month old being exposed to substances in utero; he was born at 28 weeks and has substantial medical needs.  Parents did not actively take steps while baby was in hospital to learn how to deal with those needs.  DFS provided services in the home; parents continue to use drugs.  Additionally, violence has been escalating between parents, the natural father has an active warrant for a domestic violence incident with the natural mother.  The home has become unsanitary.  Increased in home safety services are not helping with concerns.  DFS removed children pursuant to a warrant.  Children are placed together in a foster home.  The children are currently in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The last hearing on this case was January 23, 2019 and no further hearings have been set.

Case Number: 2018-007951


A 10 year old girl and a 6 year old boy were removed from their mother’s care pursuant to a warrant issued over growing concerns with the condition of the home.  A school official contacted CPS regarding the appearance and health of a sibling; that sibling came to school smelling of urine and having a substance, believed to be dog feces, on his feet and face.  That sibling, along with another, have been placed with their paternal relatives pursuant to a temporary guardianship.  There are no relatives in Nevada to take these two children and they are currently in foster care.  The mother and the live-in boyfriend (who is the father to these children only) refuse to take drug tests, but have admitted to smoking marijuana.  The 10 year old child has bipolar disorder, and is not quite functioning at a 10 year old cognitive level.  The 6 year old little boy is suspected to have autism spectrum disorder.  The children need an attorney to advocate for these children as to their legal rights and wishes to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for February 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000066


A 9 year old child was removed from the care of his biological parents four years ago over concerns of domestic violence, drug use, and general neglect. All children in the home were developmentally delayed, educationally neglected and had not received proper medical care. Although the parents initially made progress on their case plans, the parents relinquished their parental rights earlier this year making this child legally free for adoption but an adoptive resource has not yet been identified.  This child has three younger siblings and has displayed behaviors which are harmful to them.  Given the severity of the behaviors, there may be a push to keep this child from his siblings for good however, this child very much wants to be in his siblings lives.  He is a good student and very polite to adults.  This child is in need of an attorney to advocate for his legal wishes and rights to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for April 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-008400


3 year old child and 4 month old child were placed into protective custody after their mother was placed on a legal hold and taken to Valley Hospital for evaluation. Mother disputes what happened to lead to her admission to the psych ward and provided inconsistent information during her interview with DFS.  It is clear that the family lacks resources: the mother reported receiving eviction notices before Christmas and gave different addresses during the interview.  The mother also has unaddressed mental health needs, as she tried to give away the younger child to unknown sources and has no provisions for the child.  She refuses to dress or care for the younger child.  The older child was fully dressed and well-groomed.  The 3 year old child has since been relocated to the care of her natural father in California and is no longer a part of this petition.  The baby needs an attorney to advocate for his / her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, sibling visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Haring set for January 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-008375


A two year old little boy was removed from his mother’s care due to her arrest, concerns of lack of supervision, and lack of protective capacity. On the date of removal, the mother’s boyfriend dropped her off at midnight at the Stratosphere.  When he came back to pick her up between 3 and 4 a.m., he got out of the car to walk to her – she was outside sharing a cigarette with an unknown person.  That unknown person then allegedly jumped in the car and stole the car with the baby inside.  The mother was not cooperative with police; in fact, they did not call the police immediately.  The police located the car, with the child in it, but the car did not belong to the parents.  The car was previously reported stolen.  The mother has CPS history in California involving other children whom are no longer in her care.  The father’s whereabouts are unknown at this time. An attorney is need to represent the child’s legal rights and wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation, and to ensure any appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-008385


A newborn baby boy, was taken into protective custody by DFS after he and his mother both tested positive for methadone at the time of his birth.  The mother’s doctor confirmed that the mother was receiving methadone as treatment for heroin/methamphetamine addiction.  In April 2018, the mother relinquished her parental rights to this child’s older sister; in that case, she failed to address substance abuse and domestic violence concerns.  In addition to the older sister in the prior case, the mother has lost her rights to four other children.  Despite this history, the mother and father expressed to the court their plan to get this child back in their care, and paternal relatives noted the parents’ progress.  This child needs an attorney to represent his legal rights and wishes as to placement, permanency, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for March 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2018-007756


This child, aged 3 months, was removed at birth over concerns of substance abuse, and lack of resources as to both parents.  Her mother has lost custody of 8 older maternal half-siblings.  Her paternal grandmother has legal custody of her older paternal half-sibling.  The parents do not have a stable residence and do not have supplies for the baby.  This child was placed with the paternal grandmother.  She is in need of an attorney to represent her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for April 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., Both in Courtroom 22.  

Case Number: 2019-000115


Nine year old child was placed into protective custody, along with her 16 year old half-sister, after DFS became concerned that her mother was not sufficiently protective.  This child’s father was arrested a few months ago for a dramatic domestic violence incident: after drinking to excess, he fired a number of rounds into the ceiling of the home, traumatizing the older child. When he was approached by the mother, he hit her with a broken beer bottle, causing multiple lacerations to her face. Law enforcement responded to the home, and a two hour stand-off ensued. The father’s criminal matter is resolved, and he’s engaged in multiple services. He participates in Veterans’ court, is working with a therapist, and is on a SCRAM monitor for alcohol use.  The child has not expressed fear, and would like to be home with her family.  This child has been returned home to the mother. An attorney is needed to represent her legal rights and wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation, as well as to ensure appropriate services are in place. An Adjudicatory Plea Hearing is set for January 23, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-008064


Police alerted CPS to the possible neglect of a 7 year old child by her mother after an undercover officer purchased meth from the mother out of her home on multiple occasions.  The purchases led to SWAT responding to the home; the child, fortunately, was not at home at that time. Initially, the mother was very resistant to DFS involvement in her life, however, the child is currently placed with her grandmother and mother has expressed a willingness to work with DFS at a recent hearing.  The mother is facing criminal charges and the father is currently in prison.  The child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000092


A two and a half year old little boy was removed from his mother’s care two years ago over concerns that his mother abused prescription drugs, her mental health issues were not treated, and she engaged in domestic violence with this child’s grandmother. The child was placed with a relative out of state, but that placement disrupted at the end of last summer. Even though this child is very young, he has displayed aggressive behaviors. Because of his mother’s positive progress while the child was out of her care, DFS implemented an in home safety plan and the child went home on December 10th. Unfortunately, his mother digressed almost immediately and DFS found pills in the home during a safety check. The child was later found wandering the apartment complex alone. This led to DFS removing the child again.  This child is need of an attorney to represent his legal rights and wishes to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Status Hearing set for January 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for June 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000044


Newborn baby boy was taken into custody after it was learned he was born substance exposed after being exposed to multiple substances while his mother was pregnant.  While the amount of exposure was substantial, the baby has made remarkable strides in his withdrawal.  He is currently in a foster home, as multiple maternal relatives have declined placement or are unable to be fully protective.  His mother identified a potential father, and if paternity is confirmed, this man may be able to take placement.  The mother has struggled with addiction for some time, trying but not completing drug treatment programs.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000089


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.

Case Number: 2018-008383


Two sisters, ages 16 years and 14 years, were removed from their father’s care after DFS became aware of potential domestic violence between their father and their step-mother.  Mother has been identified but we do not have further information regarding her at this time.  The children are currently placed with their paternal grandparents. There are no known medical issues.  There are other siblings.  Some full and some half, all having different wishes than these two children and therefore, they are in need of a separate attorney to advocate for their legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing on January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000197


A 9 year old girl came into DFS care with her half siblings when they were removed from their father’s care after DFS became aware of potential domestic violence between their father and their step-mother, this child’s natural mother.  Her half-brother is represented by staff counsel, and has differing wishes from this client as well as the two older sisters.  She is currently placed with their paternal grandparents with her two older siblings.  Her wishes are different than her brother or sisters and therefore, this child is in need of a separate attorney to advocate for her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000210


A 1 month old girl came into DFS care in December 2018 when she was born substance exposed. Her mother tested positive for Methadone and Amphetamines. The mother has a history of substance abuse and has had her rights to her 5 other children terminated. The father also has extensive history of substance abuse and a criminal history. He was given, but failed to take, a toxicology test. The child was scheduled to be released from the hospital, however, began exhibiting withdrawal symptoms. Placement with relatives had been explored, but due to extenuating circumstances, they were not placement options. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights and wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Hearing Plea on January 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000081


One year old child is in the custody of DFS over concerns of ongoing domestic violence, lack of resources, and possible homelessness by his parents.  His mother may have untreated mental health conditions.  During the investigation, the child’s father left him with the paternal aunt and paternal grandmother.  Where the child remains currently, and his parents are reportedly living under a bridge.  The child has some medical needs and a maternal half-sibling who is not in DFS custody.  This child is need of an attorney to make sure his legal rights and wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation and services are being addressed in court. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing on January 23, 2019 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000209


2 month old child came into DFS care on December 26, 2018 after the father was arrested for domestic violence against mother. Mother’s mental health issues prevented her from being able to care for the child. Both parents present with substance abuse issues. Initial plan was for maternal grandmother to take the mother and child back to Florida. This plan has fallen through. Both parents appear to be engaged with the department. The department is exploring placement with grandmother, as well as other relatives. Child seems to have substantial relative support. 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 January 24, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000217


Baby boy came into DFS care on December 27, 2018 after the baby was born. Mother has substantial history with the department. Both parents are reported to have substance abuse histories, though whether they are currently using has yet to be determined. Mother has severe mental health issues as well. Neither parent has the resources necessary to care for a child as both parents are reported to depend on paternal grandmother for resources. Both parents appear to be engaged with the department. The child is placed with paternal grandmother. 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 January 24, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000046


8 year old child came back into DFS care on December 22, 2018 after natural mother was found passed out, without appropriate clothing, in a stranger’s apartment while the child was unsupervised outside. Mother was apparently trying to find a friend’s apartment and ended up stumbling into a strangers apartment and passing out. Mother has substantial CPS history. No father has been identified. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent the child’s 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 January 22, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-008431


2 year old child came into DFS care on December 29, 2018 after natural mother was arrested on charges of domestic violence against maternal grandma. Grandmother alleges that mother moves between California and Nevada and is a prostitute. Putative father has not been located. Mother is not engaged with the department. No prior CPS history reported. 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 January 24, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2018-008423


Two children, ages 6 years and a newborn baby, came into DFS care on December 20, 2018 after the baby was born substance exposed (methamphetamine). Mother had no prenatal care, and is believed to be homeless or couch surfing. A third child was initially believed to be staying with his father, but was subsequently removed from his father’s care on January 1, 2019, when mother showed up to grandmother’s home and attempted to take all three children. Mother appears to be making efforts to participate with DFS. None of the various fathers appear to be engaged. All three children are placed together with maternal grandmother. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their 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 January 15, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000091


This newborn baby girl is the eighth child of a sibling group.  The baby was born drug exposed.  The other seven siblings are already in custody of the Department of Family Services and placed in foster care due to the mother’s arrest, lack of resources and drug use. One of the other siblings is being represented by a CAP staff attorney and the other children are awaiting a Pro Bono CAP assignment.  They will need separate representation from this child as there are conflicts.  The mother lacks stable housing and has a history of exhibiting erratic behaviors indicative of mental health and substance abuse issues. There is no information on the father of this child. An attorney is needed to represent this child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure that any needed services are provided.  There is a Plea Hearing set for January 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-007692


A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in November 2018, when he was born substance exposed.   He was exposed in-utero to illicit substances. Because of complications at birth, he could not be tested, so it is unclear what the exposure was like.  His condition at the time of birth was critical; medical professionals were not expecting him to live. After a month, his condition had improved enough for DFS to become involved formally.  He was eventually released to his grandmother, who also has his sister.  At last report, he has gained weight (2 lbs) and is doing well with grandma. Although he still requires Oxygen 24/7 and has a team of doctors that he sees to manage his conditions, he has made huge strides from the initial report.  His mother has already lost custody of his older half-sister.  His mother is incarcerated in another county, and his father is choosing, at least for now, not to engage.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights and wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing on May 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000018


A 4 year old girl came into DFS care in December 2018 due to inadequate supervision and neglect.  The child is very developmentally delayed – perhaps from chronic neglect by her mother – to the point where she cannot talk, but only grunts.  Her mother has untreated mental issues and uses heroin.  The child is frequently left to fend for herself. On occasion, the mother has left her with the child’s grandmother, but the grandmother uses as well.  The child is with maternal cousins, who are a long term placement option.  This child needs a lawyer to advocate for her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing Plea on January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000034


A 3 week old baby girl came into DFS care in December 2018 when she was born to incarcerated parents; it is unclear how much longer they will be in jail.  Her mother has a history of drug use, although the baby did not test positive at the time of her birth.  The baby’s older half sibling is placed with her maternal grandmother, but that grandmother reports that she cannot handle a newborn. There are other maternal relatives who may be able to take the baby.  This baby is in need of an attorney to advocate for her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing Plea on January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000193


One year old child and a newborn child came into DFS care on December 26, 2018 after the baby was born substance exposed (methamphetamine). Both parents admit to ongoing methamphetamine use. Parents first came to DFS attention after the one year old was also born substance exposed. Both parents appear to be engaged with the department. The department is exploring placement with relatives. At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their 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 January 22, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000282


A thirteen year old boy came into DFS custody after his mother was placed on a Legal 2000 hold for making suicidal and homicidal statements. His father was recently released from prison, but cannot leave his home state to take care of the child.  This child is in 6th grade and was recently placed with fictive kin. His mother expresses an intent to work her case plan, which involves both substance abuse and mental health treatment.  This child needs an attorney to advocate his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.   There is a Case Plan Hearing set for February 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set on March 6, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000277


15 year old child (who is transgender) is currently at a shelter as a result of the parents not having stable housing.  The child’s 17 year old sister is living with her boyfriend, and wishes to have the child live with her once she reaches 18.  This child’s mother has issues with substance abuse and is being evicted from her home. The  father does not have his own housing, and is facing considerable difficulty with finding assistance due to his criminal background.  This child has not expressed fear of either parent to DFS. This child is in need of attorney to represent the child’s wishes and legal rights to permanency, placement, and visitation as well as ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000109


Newborn baby was exposed to meth in utero and struggled to live for a few days following his birth.  He is doing better now, and thriving in a foster home.  His mother has not had contact with DFS, and lost her rights to five other kids for her inability to control her substance use.  DFS has identified a putative father, but has yet to verify that he is on the birth certificate.  This child is in need of an attorney to advocate for his legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000090


This baby was born last month to an incarcerated mother and is currently with a foster family. Her mother identified a father, but it is unclear whether he is on the birth certificate, genetics testing will need to be done to be sure. While the presumed father had some contact with DFS initially, he has not maintained contact to discuss paternity or taking placement of the baby.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for February 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000035


This newborn baby was born at home in a bathtub. Paramedics found her unresponsive but were able to get her to start crying.  The mother admitted to using meth the day before she gave birth.  The mother tested positive for methamphetamine and opiates; The baby only tested positive for opiates.  After several days in the hospital, the baby is no longer showing signs of withdrawal and recovering from her traumatic birth quite well.  Her mother was briefly interviewed in the hospital, but DFS cannot locate her now that she’s been discharged.  This baby is currently placed in a foster home.  This child is in need of an attorney to advocate for her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000262


This newborn baby girl came into care in December 2018 and was born to a mother with severe mental healthy issues.  Mother repeatedly stated she was going to kill the baby after she was born.  Her mother has refused to provide her with a name or provide the name of the father to DFS.  There is a cousin who may be able to take placement.  This baby also has an older half sibling where visitation may need to be arranged. This child is in need of an attorney to advocate for her legal rights and wishes to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-000233


A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on December 31, 2018 after he was born to a homeless mother, who admitted to drug use. Mother has a history of untreated mental health and substance abuse issues. No info about father is known, aside from the name. Mother allegedly has had other children that have been removed from her care. Neither parent appears to be engaged with the department. Child is currently placed with maternal grandmother. 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 January 24, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000221


A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on January 02, 2019 after testing positive for opiates and amphetamines at birth. Both parents admit to ongoing drug use. Neither parents has CPS history. Grandmother was trying to keep mom clean during the pregnancy but failed. Relative support seems to be available. The child is still in the hospital, NICU, as of now. Both parents appear to be engaged with the department. The department is exploring placement with relatives. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent her 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 January 29, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000226


A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on January 4, 2019 after he tested positive for opiates and amphetamines at birth. Baby was born at 37 weeks and weighed approximately 5lbs, 12oz. Both parents admit to ongoing drug use. Paternity test results are pending. Parents are both reported to be homeless. Both parents appear to be engaged with the department. The child is placed in foster care at the moment, but the department is exploring placement with relatives. 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 Mediation scheduled on January 22, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 31, 2019 at 9:45 a.m., Both in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000238


This 2 year old child came back into DFS care on January 4, 2019 after mother was placed on legal 2000 hold due to suicidal idealizations. Mother allegedly threatened to cut herself with a knife in front of the child. Father’s identity is unknown. This child has been in DFS care on one prior occasion. She is currently in a foster home. The department is exploring placement with relatives. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent her 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 January 31, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-000344


Siblings, 5 year old and 4 year old, were placed into foster care after their father was arrested.  Their mother was already incarcerated at the time of his arrest.  They were initially living with their grandfather, but he has since returned them to DFS and is unable to take care of them.  Their mother has exhausted her opportunities for programming in prison: she has taken multiple parenting classes, obtained her high school diploma, worked her way through the Commitment to Change Program and articulates empathy for her children.  She is working with DFS and is engaged however, she is not eligible for release for another year. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for June 26, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000095


A one month old baby girl was placed into foster care by DFS over concerns of the mother’s unaddressed mental health needs and possible domestic violence between the mother and the father. At the time the baby was born, nurses contacted DFS as mother has bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and was not on medication.  They reported she would stare off, not follow conversations, and not immediately address the baby’s needs.  DFS followed the family in the home, but mother’s mental health remained improperly controlled. Father returned to work, leaving the mother to care for the baby alone.  DFS placed the baby into care to ensure the safety of the baby.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights and wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for January 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2018-008354


This 3 month old baby was exposed in utero to methamphetamines and his mother currently lacks the resources to care for him. Well before his birth, his mother was married and had four children. The mother’s ex-husband reports that she was a great mother with no risky behaviors. After a car accident, she became addicted to pain pills and spiraled out of control. She was no longer living in the home when she became pregnant with with this child.  The mother has identified two possible fathers for the baby, one of which has come to court. No family member has agreed to take placement, so the baby is currently living in a licensed foster home.  This child needs an attorney to advocate for his legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for January 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.