My sons' ex-girlfriend lives in California with my 2 grandsons. 10 months ago she started doing meth. A friend of hers reached out to me concerned for the safety of the boys and called CPS. I also have called CPS, as has my son and her own mother numerous times. She has popped dirty on all of her tests. Within the last month, her phone is turned off and recently we found a Facebook page made for the boys -it looks like they are living with a past babysitter. Not knowing if she is in jail, rehab, or gave the boys to the babysitter so CPS wouldn't call my son for custody, what is his rights as a father? If she's not in rehab and the boys don't live with her, will CPS continue to check on them and alert my son for custody? He misses his boys terribly and is a wonderful father.
It sounds like your son - the father of the children - should step up to the plate and claim custody, taking charge of the children. To do that he would need to learn re: status of the child dependency case, his own process of reunification with children and to make a motion for custody in appropriate court - either in juvenile dependency or in family court - depending on the status. There is nothing automatic in this process. One has to be vigilant of his own rights and responsibilities, including paternity and custody. Retaining an attorney is recommended.
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