Case Number: 2019-000108 (PENDING PLACEMENT)

Urgent.  Waiting over 150 days!  Conflict case for LACSN – Requires a Pro Bono Attorney.  5 siblings, ages 16 to 3, one is special needs.  Mom does not know how to handle all five.  Some have never been to school and others constantly run away and skip school.  Children are defiant and mom is in over her head.  Services needed to help this family stay together.  Next hearings are; Status Check on  is a Review on 3/24/2020 at 11:00 am and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/24/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-008478 (PENDING PLACEMENT)

Urgent.  Waiting over 150 days!  Conflict case for LACSN – Requires a Pro Bono Attorney. Three siblings, ages 10 years to 6 years, came into DFS care in November 2019 due to ongoing domestic violence in the home in the presence of the children. Both parents have previously been arrested for domestic violence. There are concerns about both parent’s substance usage. Mom admitted to the rare usage of methamphetamines and tested positive for same. Dad has refused to drug test unless court ordered.  There are concerns about the father’s mental and/or emotional state. He reports being diagnosed with major depression/anxiety. The children have been placed with mom. Visitation with the father is to be supervised.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 4/21/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2016-004534

Group of 4 siblings came into the DFS due to allegations of abuse and neglect.  The minors are placed in different homes at the moment, however, DFS is working to place them all together.  This is a case that has had two previous Pro Bono attorneys assigned and for personal reasons have been forced to return the case.  We are looking for a Pro Bono who can see it through the end.  Next hearings are; a Status Check on 6/2/2020 at 2:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 9/15/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2020-002073

14 year old girl, 11 year old girl and 8 year old boy came into DFS care on March 10, 2020 due to second youngest girl disclosing that while wrestling with step-father,  he was on top of her.  His chest on top of her chest and pelvic area to pelvic area. His arms were on her side and his pelvis was sliding on her, causing him to rub inappropriately against her privates (with clothes between them). She reported a separate incident two to three years ago, when step-father’s hand went under her blouse and touched her breast.  Minor disclosed the most recent incident to her mother. Parents were interviewed and step-father explained that the physical contact may have occurred but that it was inadvertent. He has entered the bathroom while both minor girls showered and entered their bedrooms while they were changing their clothes. It is reported that mother is no longer supportive of minor.  Next hearing on case is a Plea Hearing on 3/25/2020 at 9:45 in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2019-001063

Boy, age 3, came into DFS care on January 31, 2019 after mother’s issues with drugs and homelessness resulted in her leaving the child with a paternal aunt, after the aunt had kicked mother out due to drug use in her home. Father is currently incarcerated (due to be released at the end of April). Mother has a substantial history with DFS including being in the foster system herself.  Both parents appear to be engaged with the department.  Boy is currently placed with paternal aunt. Next hearings are; TPR Hearing on 4/13/2020 at 10:00 am, Drug Court on 4/14/2020 at 1:30 pm, and a Review Hearing on 7/12/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-002290

A sibling group of five ages, 15, 12, 11, 7 and 5 came into DFS care in February 2019.  One sibling age 11 is being represented by a staff CAP attorney. There is a conflict as the other siblings have accused the 11 year old of assault. The children came into care due to allegations of sexual risk and neglect.   It was reported that the mother was engaged in prostitution and that men were in and out of the home. Subsequently the mother was arrested and remains incarcerated. The father for all the children is deceased. The children are placed with a relative.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 9/9/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 23.