My brother was taken from his father by CPS when he was three and my cousin took him in with temporary guardianship. I want to know how I could go about getting guardianship of him? My brother is now 8 years old and he wants to come live with me he hates it there. I am 22 years old I am a property manager of a hotel. I also wonder what it would take to qualify to have him.My little brother also lives in Texas.
These issues are often best handled through CPS or the agency overseeing guardianship of children. If you run into trouble, you will want to contact a family law attorney in your area that would walk you through the steps.
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Contact an experienced guardianship atty in your area, but to save time and moeny and frustration, sit down eith your cousin and share that you ate ready to step forward and ask under what curcumstances would they help you. Think about wht is best for your brother long term. Your cousin stepped up years before-that sacrifice should be honored as you move forward to help your brother. There is a legal aid organization that can provide free legal advice (if you qualify) or you can reach out to an atty from this site as we have rules that prevent us from contacting you. Blessings!
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From these facts, I don't believe this is a "guardianship" issue. I think your cousin was appointed managing conservator of your brother, which is typically called "custody". This is is a child custody issue I believe. Child Protective Services will have an open file on this. Contact them and tell them you are interested in obtaining custody. A court has to order it not CPS. You will get the farthest the fastest if you hire an experienced family law attorney in the county where the court is that granted custody to your cousin. It has continuing jurisdiction over your brother. You are going to have to demonstrate that it is in your brother's best interest that you have custody instead of your cousin.
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You need to go and meet with an attorney in person and discuss your specific facts.
Ms. Laster practices in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant Counties.
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