Q: How can I get a hospital to give me info on a newborn relative?
My brother and his girlfriend just had a baby. They both have drug issues. I tried to get info from the hospital but they evaded me and wouldn't say anything. No idea how the baby is doing and haven't even seen her yet, she was born a week ago. Was getting ready to start paperwork to take custody but our mother was hospitalized and baby was a month early.
A: This is a very small amount of information in what is almost certainly a complex situation. With that caveat, the short answer is: you can't. There is no "how." The answer is just "no." You do not have a right to the information. It is a violation of federal law for the hospital to provide you any information. Hospitals are EXTREMELY careful about the disclosure of personally-identifiable healthcare information or PHI.
To go beyond your question, you are going to need evidence of abuse or neglect before you will have any chance of convincing a court to give you custody. If your brother and his girlfriend have drug issues and are willing to AGREE to giving you custody, you could draft an agreement (ideally with the assistance of a lawyer skilled in family law matters but, at a minimum, contained in a notarized writing). If you believe you have evidence of abuse or neglect, you need to file a case with the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Protecting the child should be your number one priority; determining who gets custody is secondary.
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