My cousin was living in TX and had her son removed from her custody, the child was placed with family in IL. She is currently lining in IL as well with her grandmother and her great aunt has custody of her first born. She wants to put the baby she is pregnant with up for adoption but wants to give the baby to her aunt in KY who the rest of the family does not feel comfortable with. Will CPS take the baby at birth? Can she just let her aunt take the baby without a home study, background check or anything? Is there any way to stop her?
Yes, if cps does not take the baby at the hospital. The hosp will have to get her medical info and will likely look at her suspiciously in terms of whatever story she gives about her other kid, cuz usually the other kid comes in with other family to see the new baby. However, cps would have been notified if she had a kid in any state because 99.9% of them have medicaid. So they are flagged. However, there r a few that fall between the cracks. It would be a good idea to call her caseworker in tx if u know who that is or ky cps if u know where she is going to give birth so they will know which hospitals and can start investigating before she is flagged with Medicaid and they can call the hospitals in the area to tell them to watch out for her. There r several legal avenues to stop her and several that allow her to proceed. The best way for you to help is stated here. Also, when relatives adopt, no home study is required. A guardian ad litem is required but just does a cursory check on the child when it is a family member.
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Extremely difficult legal case. Discuss in person with a local family law attorney ASAP.
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