Case Number: 2022-006221

In Abuse/Neglect Cases - Children's Attorneys Project

After their 12-year-old brother was physically abused by their father, a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy came into DFS care. There are allegations the father also sexually abused two girls in the family. They have three older siblings 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 the 5-year-old boy. The father was charged criminally with child abuse for his actions against the 12-year-old and the criminal trial is pending. The forensic interview substantiated the sexual abuse allegations against the two girls, although the police investigation is still ongoing. The kids have been with their paternal grandmother and aunt since removal, and the grandmother 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 want to be reunified with his father and they want to visit with him. Therapeutic visits are the only approved type of visit at this time and only when deemed okay by the kids’ therapists. 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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