Case Number: 2021-012609

In Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

.5 years old and he and his two siblings were removed in August of 2020 from their mother’s care due to her substance abuse.  There were also substance abuse and mental health concerns regarding mom’s live-in boyfriend and the conditions of the home were deplorable.   All 3 children were initially placed in a HLOC foster home.  However, the sister has been out of the home for several months due to behavior concerns, but the team was working to transition her back to the home, which had recently committed to being an adoptive resources for all of the children after mom checked herself out of in-patient rehab after only a few days.  Kids desperately want to be reunified with mom.  Their dad committed suicide prior to them coming into care.  Goal is currently reunification, but DFS is asking to add TPR/Adoption as a concurrent goal.  Allegations just arose of the older brother sexually abusing the sister, possibly in the presence of this SM.  It is currently unclear whether this SM has be victimized as well.  The matter is still being investigated, but the current CAP Attorney must conflict off the case and separate counsel for each child is urgently needed.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/3/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

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