Practice Area: Child custody
Outcome: Grandmother of neglected child awarded custody
Description: Grandchild was declared a dependent child and placed into grandmother's care. Child Protective Services removed grandchild from grandmother's care without reason and sought a court order placing him with a non-relative. Trial court found grandmother did not have standing to testify as to lack of justification for removal. Child removed but later returned when Attorney Vari filed a custody action, grandmother was permitted to testify and the trial judge found CPS' actions in removal unjustified and awarded custody to grandmother.