First of all, I live in TN. I had an opiate addication while I was pregnant. I received treatment ,but it was late in my pregnancy (around 30 weeks) due to several issues. Once I recieved treatment all my screens have been clean & they put me on s...
Congrats on the baby and getting clean! Where are the children now - are they with your family or in foster care? You need an attorney asap certainly to advise of your rights.
The following is from the DCS Handbook in TN:
There are three (3) main paths to state custody called a “committal status” under which a child can be placed into the legal and physical custody of DCS:
If the child is found to be neglected or abused;
If the child is found to be delinquent, also referred to as a juvenile justice child who has been found by the Court to have committed an offense which would be considered a crime if it had been committed by an adult; or
The child is unruly, which refers to a child who is in need of treatment or rehabilitation and who habitually, and without justification, is truant from school; is habitually disobedient to the degree that his or her health and safety is endangered; and/or is a runaway.
The protocols set out here apply to all children committed to DCS, no matter their committal status.
If your child has been committed to the department, DCS will be completing various assessments on your child to identify the areas that the child and the family need to address in order to obtain permanency for your child. DCS honors your role as parent and will make every effort to involve you in the decision making process involving the care of your child. You can expect the following to occur during your child’s placement with the department:
The intake process usually occurs in Court following the Judge’s decision. Basic information will be gathered such as family information, address and telephone numbers. You will be asked to sign releases of information to enable DCS to obtain items such as school records, medical records, insurance or TennCare information. DCS will request that you provide basic health information about your child and provide a copy of your child’s Social Security card and health insurance card.
A home visit will be scheduled. The purpose of the home visit is to obtain information for the functional assessment of the child and family. You can expect this visit to last approximately one (1) hour and at least one (1) parent or guardian needs to be present.
An initial child and family team meeting (CFTM) will be held (within 7 days of commitment) and will include the parents and/or guardians, DCS staff, the child, attorneys and any others who may have a significant influence in the child’s life. Within thirty (30) days, an initial permanency planning CFTM will be held. In this meeting, concerns, risks, and goals for the child and/or family will be identified and a permanency plan created. Everyone’s responsibilities will be outlined in that document. The responsibilities
will be reasonably related to the goal, to remedy the conditions which necessitated foster care, and must be in the best interests of the child. The plan will then be sent to the Court for ratification and will then become a legal document.
The DCS Case Worker will maintain contact with you to ensure all needs are being met. Either the Court or a Foster Care review board will review your child’s case at least every six (6) months.
Your child will be released from custody when ordered by the Court. The release date depends on the circumstances at the home that the child will be returning to and progress of the parents or guardians toward their plan.
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