Q: What is my next step?
I have been trying to get approved to foster my disabled granddaughter since January. The state has drug this out for 5 months. I have done everything that they have recommended of me so that I could be approved. I was informed Monday that they have denied me. I have talked to two people that were a part of this decision and every reason that either of them has told me are all petty untrue or do not even pertain to my granddaughter living with me. I have been a part of her life. I know how to properly take care of her. I am capable. She loves being here with me. I need to know what I can do to get my granddaughter back with her family.
A: If your granddaughter is involved in juvenile court and foster care, you can Motion to Intervene as a grandparent. Your best bet is to visit with an experienced juvenile law attorney. You have a right to see your home study as well, so that you can address it in Court if necessary. At the very least, you can petition for grandparent visitation to maintain your relationship with her. Best wishes to your family during this difficult time.
A: As a grandparent you may consider filing a motion to intervene in the court case so that you then have the right to argue for placement before the judge. That being said, the court often follows the recommendations of CPS. If CPS has stated you are not a suitable placement, it is an uphill battle to change the court's mind.
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