Would an attorney be able to help my mother in law retain custody of her 2 young grandchildren?
They were placed with her because there was evidence of drug use by the parents. We are worried that the children will be returned to the parents. OCS is not giving us any information. The family needs counseling right away. I guess my question is, would an attorney be able to speed things up and/or keep us better informed?
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The way I appreciate your question is that OCS has removed the children from their parents and have chosen to place the children with a relative--their grandmother. OCS cases are usually long by nature. The process and the law favors reunification of the family. However, if the parents do not work their case plans, then, at some point----usually 18 months to two year----the state can seek to terminate parental rights. There are several alternatives---especially if the parents agree. For instance, the state can transfer custody of the children to their grandmother and terminate the OCS case. If, however, the state intends to return the children to their parents, and grandmother does not believe that it is in the best interest of the children, she can intervene in the OCS case. OCS intervention is very specific and heavily laden with procedure. You will need to retain counsel.
This information is only my opinion, and is being provided for informational and educational purposes only. I urge you to seek counsel. No attorney-client relationship exists between us.