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Saturday, June 19, 2010

What will happen to a child taken from her mother due to drug abuse?

What will happen to a child taken from her mother due to drug abuse?

By PainPal

Someone I know used drugs before, during, and after her pregnancy. Her daughter was born with a drug addiction and is still in the hospital (3 weeks). If reported, I assume the child will be taken away, but will the family be able to take custody of the child legally? Or does the child HAVE to go into a foster care setting? I don’t know how this works, and would like to possibly care for this child, but if I take the legal route I don’t want the baby to go to strangers. Does anyone know how this works?

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the eyes have it! says:
June 19, 2010 at 1:27 am
well, first off, the child was tested in the hospital and if so, the social workers are already involved. chances are, the mother will have to clean up her act. the child will also go to family first before entering the foster care system. a child born addicted to drugs has many things that can go wrong. especially a bit later, like during the school years.

Linda R says:
June 19, 2010 at 1:53 am
The child will automatically go into foster care until family can be notified.

dwh212 says:
June 19, 2010 at 1:59 am
A fit and willing relative is the first choice placement for a child who has been taken into state custody because of abuse or neglect. Placement with a stranger, if it happens at all, should be short-term and temporary. If you believe you’re capable of caring for the child and want to do so, you should contact child protective services right away and tell them you want the child placed with you. Be persistent. Bear in mind that you don’t have to make a lifelong commitment in order to be approved for placement.

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June 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm
In NH, my daughter was accused of using illegal drugs while pregnant, yet she was in a methadone program. Two day’s before Tox report’s came back, she was reported to DCYF by the hospital Social worker, due to the slander of a drug counselor. This was even after the baby had met all hospital criteria for discharge. The mother had been given a morphine IV for nineteen hour’s in labor, as the baby was placenta previa, which she was never told, nor was she told the baby should have been born by C-section as both mother and baby could have died. She was also given methadone in labor, which the counselor testified didn’t have time to reach the baby, so the morphine wouldn’t have either. Lab test’s show the baby was never tested for methadone. The baby was stolen and not placed with family. She was put into foster care, which pay’s the state much more money than relative’s, even relatives called DCYF and begged to take the baby. They were told,”Relative placement is NOT an option. She’s going into foster care, PERIOD!”
The mother was court-ordered into a medical methadone detox program in the state and then into transitional housing with her daughter, as DCYF didn’t want her family to help her with the baby. Once she was at the top of the list for the transitional housing, she and her family found out there was NO medical methadone detox in the state. She was court-ordered into a program that didn’t exist and was not allowed to go to another state to detox. She was then given thirteen day’s to detox on her own from 85mgs. It was impossible. She was then given until the end of the month. She lost all visits with her daughter because she was still on methadone. Her drug test result’s showed her doses and levels going down and the CPSW was calling the methadone clinic every day, checking on her doses.
The day before she was to go into transitional housing, there was a court review hearing. The mother had her last dose of 5 mg’s before court. The CPSW told the Judge the mother was NOT being drug tested and her doses and levels weren’t going down. If she wasn’t being drug tested, how could the CPSW say the doses weren’t going down? If the Judge worked for the people instead of DCYF, he would never have gone along with the caseworker. The mother was denied admittance to the housing with her daughter. She went back to drugs after losing all hope to ever regain custody of her daughter.
So please, DO NOT trust anyone from CPS/DCYF. My daughter trusted her caseworker and lost her daughter because of it. She was screwed over at every turn. Even after the hearing, the caseworker spoke to the foster stranger’s outside of the courtroom. She was overheard by many when she told them,”Don’t worry, there’s no guarantee C—-’s going anywhere.” This sounds to me as if the CPSW was working for the foster stranger’s all along.Not my daughter. Did the foster’s pay her off? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least.


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