Lexington, NC asked in Child Custody and Family Law for North Carolina

Q: Could I get a family friends almost 16 year old daughter if CPS takes her?

We have a family friend who is in a relationship with someone who does bad drugs she won't leave the cops have been called so many times that CPS is involved. Her daughter calls herself my niece she stays with me for a week or so almost every month or so. CPS told her mom that they was going to take her if things don't change.. I don't want her going to the state where she don't know anyone and everything because she is already really depressed and everything so I am trying to figure out if CPS takes her if there is any way me and my family could get her. She's a good girl and don't deserve this.. Please help me figure this out. I am hoping there is a way. Thank you.

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Amanda Bowden Houser

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: If CPS takes her they may consider you but likely not. It'd likely be better for the mother to consent to you having custody to preemptively side step DSS. If they get involved, there is no telling what will happen - they are the very definition of unpredictable (and that is the nicest thing I can say about them). If the mother is agreeable, consult with a local family law attorney. Obviously, time is a factor so if you are serious, look into it ASAP. Best of luck.

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