A group of 4 siblings (2 boys and 2 girls) came into DFS care in 2019 due to allegations of abuse to 1-year-old boy. This case is specific to the two girls, ages 8 and 2. The two boys are aligned on their wishes and on a separate CAP case. CPS became involved when the mother brought 1-year-old boy to the hospital with burns all around his feet. DFS determined through testimony that the mother’s boyfriend caused the burns to the minor. Several times, the mother has been involved with DFS and complied with her case plan and eventually the children are returned to her custody. However, she continues to bring her boyfriend around the minors without any hesitation of the danger she’s placing the children in. The girls want to reunify with their mother but not the boyfriend and believe she can keep the boyfriend away from them so they do not have to live with him. The goal is adoption and the Judge granted a waiver of reasonable efforts for all parents in January 2022. At this time, the two girls are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on 03/27/2023 at 9:30 am and Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/03/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 9.
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