Case Number: 2021-019626

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

A newborn baby boy came into DFS due to a report of physical abuse and substance exposure to the baby. His father is deceased as of June, 2021, however the Department is awaiting confirmation from police report. His mother described her housing situation as “bouncing around” and there is a history of domestic violence between her and her girlfriend and drug use when they are together. As a result, his mother is unable to provide adequate housing, food, and supplies for baby boy. She is willing to get clean, engage in treatment, and utilize her family support at this time. Mother stated that she will be separating from her girlfriend as her girlfriend also uses heroine and meth.  DFS specialist on the case spoke with several maternal relatives concerning mother’s behaviors and habits.  Collectively, all relatives have expressed concerns regarding her substance abuse, violent behavior, contention toward safety service providers and homeless lifestyle. It is also reported that mom has an extensive criminal history local and out of state with charges related to drug and drug paraphernalia possession, battery, and burglary.  In-home present danger plan could not be established at this time due to the mother’s unpredictable behavior and lack of alignment with family resources. The newborn baby boy’s date of discharge from the hospital is not determined at this time due to monitoring for withdrawals. 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 to ensure he is safe and happy. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 8/26/2021 at 1:00 pm; Review Hearing on 01/04/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

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