Case Number: 2018-001836

Four siblings, ages 17 years to 6 years, came into DFS care with two of other siblings in March, 2018 due to environmental neglect and physical abuse toward one of their other siblings by their mother. Mother was subsequently arrested and put on an ICE hold. Father’s whereabouts are unknown (suspected that he was deported several years ago). No previous history with the Department is reported. These children wish to be reunited with natural mother, presenting a conflict of interest with their 2 siblings. The oldest child is very close to aging out and may be dropped from the petition. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place, as both parents are facing (or have already faced) deportation. An Adjudicatory Trial in regards to Natural Mother is set for May 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14. *Clients only speak Spanish*

Case Number: 2018-002830

Clients state that they previously had mold problems in their home which client has been renting for 5 years. They paid for repairs and got an official report done by a specialist.  After providing these documents to the rental company the problem finally got fixed.

Now sewage issues started such as: the sewage is coming through the shower drain and the bathroom toilets in the bedroom. The sewage had started to pour over all on the floor.  Clients verbally contacted the management company who recommended for clients to utilize buckets to catch the sewage. Landlord commissioned estimate for repair which estimated $14K. Landlord does not believe the estimate and refuses to pay. Client commissioned her own estimate and it was similar. Clients need assistance getting this habitability issue addressed ASAP.

Case Number: 2016-002713

A 14 year old boy was set to be adopted by Great Aunt/longtime placement before the placement was disrupted and adoption fell through. The child was moved to a new adoptive resource on January 29, 2018 and will need to be in this placement for 6 months prior to being adopted. It is reported that the child is thriving in his new placement. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes and legal interests regarding the adoption process, and to ensure that the proper services are in place. There is a Review Hearing on October 23, 2018 at 2:30 PM in Courtroom 14.