My daughter and her boyfriend have 3 children that were taken by cps in Texas. The reason for their removal was that the youngest was ill and they took him to the hospital for treatment. During examination of his lungs during an xray, the doctors noticed a already healing fracture on one of his ribs. My daughter, who had been working alot and had enrolled the kids in a local daycare, could not explain how the fracture happened or when or by who...so kids were removed pending investigation. Now, after almost 12 months, the boyfriend and my daughter have split up, which left my daughter, who had been living with him and his mother, without a house and attending all the court mandated classes and therapy sessions caused her to lose her job. She has completed everything the court has required but is having difficulty finding a house because of an eviction the boyfriends mother put on her outbof spite. Now cps is threatening to adopt out the kids if she hasn't found a house in one month, but are doing nothing to help her get housing. Van I even though i live in another state file for custody of the kids?
Contact a Texas family law attorney who works with CPS cases. The attorney can review all of the facts and let you know what your options are. The attorney can also help negotiate with CPS. I would do this immediately. From what you have said, it sounds as though CPS is considering termination of your daughter's parental rights.
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1. Help her get housing;
2. Hire an attorney and file a petition in intervention for custody.
3. Do nothing, and let the children get adopted.
That is what I see as your options.
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You can file an intervention into the existing CPS case and request a home study. You should already have done so. Time is of the essence. Get family law counsel with CPS experience. A jury demand may be needed at this point, but discuss that with counsel and costs of it. You also can help your daughter by helping her get into housing or having her live with you possibly if you have sufficient space.
Thomas J. Baker of Baker & Tisdale PLLC principally practices in the Central Texas area, including Bell, Coryell, McLennan, Milam and Williamson counties. The advice given here is not and ahould not be taken as a substitute for in-personal consultation with counsel, particularly where legal documents, such as court orders need to be reviewed. I am Board-Certified in Family Law but not in any other areas of practice.
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