Maybe. Just don't do it!
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Maybe-it depends-so you shouldn't take a chance with drugs or alcohol.
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First and foremost, don't do drugs while pregnant. You do not want your baby to be born with a dependency and watch them go through withdrawal. Now, to tackle your question, if your child is born with drugs in its system, the hospital will notify CPS and they will take action. Whether that means they will take the child in emergency custody is up to them and the court (CPS more than likely will file an emergency petition) and whether they think the child is in danger being with the parent. In all likelihood, if the child has drugs in its system, then the child will be placed in temporary foster care. That foster care may end up being with an appropriate relative or a non-related person. I don't know, because I don't know your situation. You may wish to contact local legal counsel if you know or even think you will drop dirty at the hospital. Find an attorney who handles abuse neglect cases and who knows the local CPS. Finding an attorney who is well-versed in guardianships is also a plus. There are a lot of good attorneys in your area that you can find on AVVO or from cold calls, and many will offer a free consultation. Being proactive is the key. Good Luck!
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