A 10-month-old baby boy is in DFS care because his mother has a history of substance abuse and mental health conditions that impair her ability to care for him and his siblings. A warrant was authorized to place the baby in protective custody but the mother was not cooperative so a direct file petition was filed on 2/16/22. He has six older siblings with their own attorneys who were taken into care in May 2020. The family has significant history with the Department that indicates the mother is diminished in her protective capacity. The baby boy is currently living with the mother’s sister in California. This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 8/17/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.
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