You should contact a family law attorney to assist you, particularly since DCF is involved. You do have the ability to file a petition for guardianship. It will be helpful if your daughter agrees with you having guardianship. Additionally, it may be helpful to reach out to the DCF worker to arrange visits with your grandson while the petition is pending. Best of luck to you.
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I agree with my colleague's answer and suggest you contact a local family law attorney, particularly where DCF is involved. Many attorneys offer free consultations. Best of Luck.
I agree that you should probably seek counsel to help you. I gather from your information that you have a history with DCF and cannot be approved as a foster placement for your grandson through their offices. What's missing from your information is whether this "signing over" was a voluntary placement (for six months) or not. Moreover, is there a custody action pending in Probate Court or a Care and Protection petition in Juvenile Court? If you file a guardianship petition DCF will have to be notified and will be involved. This does not mean that you can't get court approval, but an investigation likely will be ordered. Where you file the guardianship depends on whether there are any other matters pending in a court concerning your grandson. Please speak to an attorney; many, like myself, offer free or low cost consultation.
I am confused. Did DCF place the child with you after your daughter signed over temporary custody to DCF? You must remember that DCF is mandated to keep kids in the home or reunify as soon as it is in the child's best interest to do so.
Once the child was reunified with the mother, have you been having grandparent visitation? IF not, start that up immediately in order to be able to show a court that you have a relationship with the child.
If you want to get a guardianship on the child, you need to petition the court and either get support from your daughter (and DCF, if it is still involved) or take it to trial.
There are many questions I have but I do know that you need to hire an attorney who is experienced in this kind of case.
If you need to consult with me, you can call me at 781.383.1940 during office hours.
Valerie J. Semensi, Esq.
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