This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent an eight year old little girl who came into care with her twelve year old brother on December 27, 2018 because the mother was arrested for child abuse against her the older brother. This case has been on the wait list for approximately 100 days. Her brother is represented by another attorney. Mother states that she no longer wants the older brother and only wants the eight year old girl. The mother has a history of drug abuse and has attempted suicide recently. The siblings want different things regarding permanency; her older brother does not wish to be reunified with his natural parents while the eight year wants to be placed back with her mother. The siblings are currently placed with their maternal grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent the eight year old child’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing set for June 24, 2019 at 2;30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2019-001015
Case Number: 2019-000709
This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a six year old little girl and her four younger siblings (ages 5 years, 3 years, 2 years, and 1 month) who were all placed into protective custody after the youngest child was born substance exposed (marijuana and methamphetamines). Both parents eventually admitted to use, claiming it helped them keep up with work and taking care of all the kids. Further investigation revealed that the family home had no furniture or food, and the kids were often left unsupervised. The four older children are currently placed with their paternal grandparents. The baby will be placed with maternal relatives, as the parents were separated at the time of his conception. The mother is agreeable to paternity testing and the assumption is all five children have the same father. This sibling group is 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 July 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2019-002248
This case is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent this child, age 14 years, who came into care in March of 2019 for the allegations of physical injury abuse and neglect in her home because of physical injury to a sibling that occurred in front of this minor child, which put this child in further risk of injury. At no point did the mother interject herself into the altercation to protect the sibling. At no point were the police called or any violence reported. This child is going to have to testify and needs an attorney as soon as possible to assist her through that process. Also to represent her legal rights and wishes to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Pretrial Hearing set for May 30th but no time has been set yet. There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for June 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. and a Review Hearing set for September 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 20.
Case Number: 2019-001953
This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent three siblings, ages 7 years to 2 years old, came into DFS care in September 2018 when their mother gave birth to their sister who was substance exposed. The parents relinquished their rights to the newborn and she will be adopted. The parents admit to having a drug problem. They also lack resources to care for these children. There has been no contact with the natural father of the second child. The children have been placed with relatives. The children have weekly visits with their parents. The two older children have been referred for services due to behavior issues. The oldest child has a 504 plan and has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder as well. The next hearing on this matter is set for September 3, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2019-003075
This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 9 year old who came into DFS care in January 2019. He is part of a sibling group of three sisters. The three girls are represented by CAP already and are in a relative placement. This little boy was having behavioral issues in the home and has different wishes that his siblings. He has recently been placed at Desert Parkway Behavioral Hospital. The next hearing is a Review Hearing set for June 5, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2018-007663
This is a conflict case that requires a pro bono attorney to represent these five children, ages range from 16 years of age to 6 years of age. Their current attorney is having to give back the case due to a change in circumstances. 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 the father’s girlfriend, however, she has decided that she can no longer care for children and is moving to California. The grandmother was given placement but has since reported 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 were last placed at Child Haven. One of the children has some unresolved mental health issues that will need to be monitored. The rest are doing well. The next hearing is a Termination of Parental Rights Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. and a Permanency Planning Hearing set for July 10, 2019 at 10:45 a.m., Both in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2018-006341
This is a conflict for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent one child, age 5, who came in to DFS care in May 2018 along with four siblings due to inadequate supervision. The child has some mental health issues that are being monitored. 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 whereabouts of the children’s fathers are currently unknown. This child, has recently been having some behavioral and mental health issues. He has recently been admitted to the hospital and needs immediate representation. An attorney is needed to represent the child 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.