Case Number: 2022-006219

In Abuse/Neglect Cases - Children's Attorneys Project

After their 12-year-old brother was physically abused by their father, a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old girl came into DFS care. There are allegations he also sexually abused these two girls in the family. The forensic interview substantiated the sexual abuse allegations against these two girls, although the police investigation is still ongoing. They have three brothers who have separate cases. The father coerced these two children to lie about the violence against the 12-year-old boy. In addition, there are allegations he physically abused another one of the boys. The father was charged criminally with child abuse for his actions against the 12-year-old and the criminal trial is pending. The kids have been with their paternal grandmother and aunt since removal, and she has been in their lives trying to protect them for as long as they’ve been alive. She is committed to keeping them forever and is working to address their trauma through therapeutic services. These children recently got assigned new therapists. They do not want to be reunified with his father and do not want to see their father anymore. As a result,  they need an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review on 9/20/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

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