My girlfriend and I have two children together ages 3 and 7 months. She also has a 10 year old daughter from a prior relationship. Her 10 year old is severely ill mentally, she suffers from schizoaffective disorder amongst others. She has been in and out of hospitals for 10 months and has not been able to be home with us for more than 3 hours upon discharge from a facility. She puts both of our younger children in immense danger as she has attempted and says she wants to harm them and even kill them. A 51A has been filed against mom due to refusal to pick her daughter up from the CBAT program as we do not feel it is a safe or appropriate time for her to come home, however the hospital disagrees and filed the 51A. If DCF takes custody of her 10 year old, will they take custody of our two younger children or will they be effected in any way?
DCF can take all of your children or just one if they find substantial risk of harm will come to your children by leaving them in your home. It appears from your comments that taking the older child out of the home will relieve the risk of harm or injury to the two younger children.
Please be sure to protect your full legal rights by filing within thirty (30) days the letter to DCF Fair Hearing Office requesting a hearing to oppose the adverse decision by DCF . Hold onto the envelope from which the letter came from so that you have proof positive of the day your received the letter from DCF.
The office to send your appeal letter to is DCF Fair Hearing Office, Department of Children and Families, 600 Washington Street , 6th Floor, Boston MA 02114
Be sure to send this to also the DCF Area Director form the DCF office that supported this decision against you. There are other things you should do besides just send in the letter.
Since DCF supported the decision then it is highly likely that DCF will be conducting over the next 5 to 6 months an “assessment” of your family. I strongly suggest that you do NOT meet with DCF again without a Lawyer. You do not want DCF to continue to interview you and your children without legal representation. You and your children deserve such representation too!
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