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Taking Legal Custody of Grandchildren

By: Elizabeth Grace - Updated: 19 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Worldwide there are literally millions of kids being raised by their grandparents because of their parents' inability to care for them. While guardianship is sometimes a temporary situation, there are many instances of grandparents taking full and permanent custody of grandkids.

Making it Forever

Children thrive on consistency and stability, so when parents are unable or unwilling to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their kids, the responsibility often falls to the grandparents. When a situation demands that long-term or even permanent arrangements be made for a child's care, grandparents must be meticulous to ensure that they take all of the proper steps, assuring their rights as well as protecting the rights of their grandchild. The sense of security that the children have from knowing they are in a permanent, stable home can help them to excel socially and academically, so it is important that they not be repeatedly uprooted.

Legal Council

The single most important step that grandparents can take in assuring that they proceed wisely in taking custody of their grandchildren is to seek advice from a lawyer, preferably one who specialises in family law. The process can be complicated, but a good solicitor can make the procedure far less confusing. Ideally, a lawyer should be hired right from the beginning so as to instruct grandparents on the best course of action. Even if brought in during the middle of proceedings, though, grandparents should not finalise any custody agreements without legal advice, since going it alone increases the chances that errors will be made.

Seeking Supportive People

Often, when there is a need for grandparents to raise their grandchildren, the kids have been through some sort of trauma. Whether neglect, abuse, parental illness, or some other reason is at the root of the decision to seek custody, it is wise to enlist the help of social workers, neighbours, teachers and school or law enforcement officials who have first hand knowledge of the family's situation. Sworn statements that reinforce not only the need for a child's permanent removal from their parents' custody but also recommendations that the grandparents are good candidates for guardianship can be helpful, especially if the kids' parents object to relinquishing custody of the children.

Ideally, parents who are unable to properly care for their children would be cooperative in allowing the grandparents to provide loving homes, but it is common for the generations to battle. Having the support of other interested parties can help ensure the best outcome for the children in what is sure to be a very difficult situation.

Documentation

While it may feel disloyal for grandparents to speak publicly against their adult children, they may have no other option when it comes to protecting their vulnerable grandchildren. Documenting every incident that supports the stance that the children's parents are unfit will help grandparents to prove their case, if the need should arise. Keeping track of specific dates and occurrences of inappropriate parental behaviour, along with the effect that it had on the children, can help grandparents to protect their grandchildren and give them a safe, loving and permanent home.

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Grandparents - Your Question:
My husband and I have had full legal guardianship of our grandchild for over 3 years now and her mom hasn't been in her life consistently on again off again maybe every 6 to 9 months and now she took us to court and got visitation I don't agree on the stipulations as there really are none and she wants to seek removal of guardianship she and her boyfriend right and use drugs I need help and suggestions

Our Response:
Once a court order is awarded, you would have to keep to the terms of it or be in contempt of court. Your only recourse would be to attempt to lodge an appeal.
ProudGrandparents - 20-Jun-17 @ 2:19 PM
My husband and I have had full legal guardianship of our grandchild for over 3 years now and her mom hasn't been in her life consistently on again off again maybe every 6 to 9 months and now she took us to court and got visitation I don't agree on the stipulations as there really are none and she wants to seek removal of guardianship she and her boyfriend right and use drugs I need help and suggestions
Grandparents - 19-Jun-17 @ 11:46 PM
My daughter is involved in a domestic violence situation five years this is been going on. Two years ago she had my grandson. I have been with my grandson every day I watch him while they work I buy all of his clothing all of his needs I pay for. I have him overnight Every weekend where they go out and drink there's been times he they came to my house to try and pick him up after drinking because we disagree with something about his care. There's been several incidents is that I know about domestic violence. The cops are called but by the time the cops get there she denies anything happened there's no documentation. But we have tons of witnesses sis. Every weekend where they go out and drink there's been times he they came to my house to try and pick him up after drinking because we disagree with something about his care. There's been several incidents is that I know about domestic violence. The cops are called but by the time the cops get there she denies anything happened there's no documentation. But we have tons of witnesses . Seeing a bruise on my grandson three weeks ago I questioned my daughter who did not bring my grandson to my house for four days for some reason previous to seeing the bruise she told me he gave himself a hickey I do not believe this and I did take pictures in consulting with somebody they happen to tell my daughter what I was saying now I'm not allowed to see my grandson at all she does not speak to me will not get my messages anytime they get in a fight he prevents her from talking to me from calling from any communication is broken about everything in their home . He has all of her phones tapped he gets her messages before she does and he runs all of her social media. He will sit outside her work that we do not go talk to her there. I have called CPS but they won't do anything because there's no documentation of the Mestic violenc he has all of her phones tapped he gets her messages before she does and he runs all of her social media. He will sit outside her work that we do not go talk to her there. I have called CPS but they won't do anything because there's no documentation of the the domestic violence. My sister is a doctor and has also reported it but because there's no actual reports they won't do anything I would go after custody temporarily of him however I have high functioning aspbergers.I don't know if they would even consider me as a temporary guardian,I don't know what's best to do. I'm terribly worried about him but I know every time if I would call and check welfare he will be my daughter and I'm afraid what he'll do to my grandson so we don't call. .Grayson is extremely attached to me and my fiancé we are extremely worried about what is going on is there any advice you think that you could do or help me with because I have aspergers I'm afraid that I will not even have a chance
Angel - 14-Jun-17 @ 2:41 PM
I have a 2 year old grandson and his mum have got herself into bit if trouble with her friend that she knew nothing about she have had socail services in past and baby was on at risk list . She have been told by solicitor although she knew nothing what had happened she will still be questioned and it will be reported to socail services my grandson have been off at risk list for a year now and dont have a socail worker but will is looking like he will if it came to worst could i have him although im being treated for depression i have him on weekends and sometimes in week and would love to have him and dont want see him go in to care am worried with depression they wouldnt let me i see doctor every month and have good days and bad socail services have been to mine in past and i had a good report then
Flow - 8-Jun-17 @ 11:18 AM
I'm enquiring on behalf of my friend who s concerned about her grandchildren.She shares a tri part custody with her, her husband and her daughter (my friends grandchildrens maternal mother) and is looking at gaining full custody instead of tri part custody following on from her daughters inability to safeguard her children alone.Can the tri part decision be appealed so my friend gains full custody with her husband of her grandchildren and if so, what steps would you recommend we take to achieve full custody. Kind regards
Daffy - 5-Jun-17 @ 12:04 PM
Sherri - Your Question:
I gained legal gaurdianship of my granddaughter about 12 years ago, which her parents signed willingly. at the time both parents had drug addiction issues and the child wasnt being properly cared for. this has been an on going addiction for the duration of these past 12 years. both have been incarcerated, and done prision time for felony drug charges. also during that time they had 2 more children, which ended up wards of the state, and eventially adopted out through CPS. that was 8 years ago. and eventually they were divorced as well. both jumping from one relationship to another. the father was just released from prision about 6 months ago, after serving 18 months. he is currently on parole and also house arrest; and on his 3rd or 4th relationship. A few weeks ago he had an altercation with his daughter, in which she told him, she didnt waqnt anything else to do with hi, after he had posted some disrespectful comments about her and us on public media. When I intervined and told him that his actions were inappropriate, and that if that was the way he choose to act and treat his daughter, he would not see her anymore. two weeks later he filed for custody. should I counter file for sole custody? We would like to have all his parental rights revoked because he is very critizing of her, and who she is as a person today, and he has no morals, as well as talks inapproperately talks about girls and sex in her presence. My objective is to have full custody and make her a permanent part of our lives, which she already has been. I want to know the best direction to go legally.

Our Response:
You would have to seek legal advice regarding this matter. If the father is on parole and house-arrest, it is highly unlikely he would be given custody, but neither may a court revoke his parental responsibility (as only under exceptional circumstances is this done). Much also depends upon the age of your granddaughter. If she is a teenager, her preferences will also be taken into consideration by the court. If you say her preferences are to have little or no contact with her father, then this would effectively mean the court will stick to the current arrangement of you as long term legal guardian.
ProudGrandparents - 30-May-17 @ 10:57 AM
I gained legal gaurdianship of my granddaughter about 12 years ago, which her parents signed willingly. at the time both parents had drug addiction issues and the child wasnt being properly cared for. this has been an on going addiction for the duration of these past 12 years. both have been incarcerated, and done prision time for felony drug charges. also during that time they had 2 more children, which ended up wards of the state, and eventially adopted out through CPS. that was 8 years ago. and eventually they were divorced as well. both jumping from one relationship to another. the father was just released from prision about 6 months ago, after serving 18 months. he is currently on parole and also house arrest; and on his 3rd or 4th relationship.A few weeks ago he had an altercation with his daughter, in which she told him, she didnt waqnt anything else to do with hi, after he had posted some disrespectful comments about her and us on public media. When I intervined and told him that his actions were inappropriate, and that if that was the way he choose to act and treat his daughter, he would not see her anymore.two weeks later he filed for custody. should i counter file for sole custody? We would like to have all his parental rights revoked because he is very critizing of her, and who she is as a person today, and he has no morals, as well as talks inapproperately talks about girls and sex in her presence. My objective is to have full custody and make her a permanent part of our lives, which she already has been. i want to know the best direction to go legally.
Sherri - 29-May-17 @ 9:35 AM
Had my 2 grandsons for 4 years one is 12 youngest is 4 social services was involved due to their mother lifestyle know there are contented as she gave permission for me to look after boys social services closed the case 2years ago know she wants boys back I have no idea where she is living social services have spoke to her but won't speak to me
Sky - 18-May-17 @ 9:32 AM
gunner - Your Question:
Ive had my grandson since he was 2 days old since his mum couldnt cope and suffers from depression my social worker at the time tried to get me a residence order but it was refused due to me having problems getting him to go to school my grandson is very content and goes to nursery which the social worker got him my grandson is 3 now ans I still have no rights over him is there any way I can go to a solitor to try and get a residence order now

Our Response:
If you have been the primary carer of your grandson since birth, then you may be able to get a residence order now. I'd speak to a solicitor directly to see whether you have a case to take back to court. If you can show/prove your grandchild has stability, then this will work in your favour. However, much also depends upon the other circumstances surrounding this matter.
ProudGrandparents - 16-May-17 @ 11:49 AM
ive had my grandson since he was 2 days old since his mum couldnt cope and suffers from depression my social worker at the time tried to get me a residence order but it was refused due to me having problems getting him to go to school my grandson is very content and goes to nursery which the social worker got him my grandson is 3 now ans i still have no rights over him is there any way i can go to a solitor to try and get a residence order now
gunner - 15-May-17 @ 4:47 PM
Hello my grandson was taken into care two years ago this month. When they got involved my grandsons mum lived with me. She had a new boyfriend (well she'd known him since she was fourteen but only as friends ).The school informed children services as they had noticed my daughters lad taking him to school one morning. So within days children services were at my home and said that as long as she was seeing this lad she and him were a danger and my grandson was at risk. They made out her lad would probably be and show violence and aggression around my grandson. So my daughter moved out to her sisters. I had temporary custody for almost four months and the day before the anniversary of my mum passing exactly a year to the day was when they removed him from me.Even though the day before I'd told the social worker and asked if it would be OK for my daughter to give my grandson his tea at mine the social worker said that it was fine just so long as my daughter left after she'd given my grandson his tea. She had also ended the relationship with the lad straight away but because of him they said that she always has boyfriends with criminal records and is friends with people of the criminal society. So on the 25 of May the anniversary of my mum passing the first one. Even the social worker knew my daughter was going to be there he turned up and said I was in breach of contract and they removed hin. So I managed to get a parenting assessment done and they came to my home to do one. When they finally asked and where or who do you think your grandson should be or with I said whatever any one would say he should be with his mum. So when I read the report on the assessment it said that I was incapable of doing the right thing by my grandson by saying he should be with his mam I would be putting him at risk because of decisions she makes. They also asked what I would do if my daughter wanted to see her son. I told them it would not happen and I would inform themselves if the situation arose. But when they'd asked what kind of relationship me and my daughter had I told them we were very very close. So I failed the assessment because I said my grandson should be with his mum that was putting him at risk! !and because of mine and my daughters closeness my loyalty to her it would make me not open and honest with them as they reckon I would go against what they thought was right for my grandson and I'd allow them to see each other. They have had my daughter do course after course some of them twice parenting classes and women in abusive relationship courses. Even though she's never been in any. Contact was three times a week for one and a half hours. That was until they changed it suddenly to once every two months for two hours. Please can anyone help me and my daughter my grandson keeps saying all he wants is to come home. But the children services have now said that there may be a couple of families interested in long term fostering him. He's been with the s
lindak439 - 6-May-17 @ 9:53 PM
trouble27 - Your Question:
My daughter does the basics for my one and half try old grandson she sits on her phone all day doesn't really do much with him always shouting at him and letting him do anything there is no routine and she also lives with me I want to take care if him while she moves out and sorts her life out before she ruins his life any advice this please??

Our Response:
Much depends upon what your daughter wishes to do. As she has parental responsibility of her child, then she is at liberty to make whatever decision she chooses. It is unlikely you would be able to challenge this in court unless there were reported levels of abuse/neglect.
ProudGrandparents - 4-May-17 @ 2:25 PM
My daughter does the basics for my one and half try old grandson she sits on her phone all day doesn't really do much with him always shouting at him and letting him do anything there is no routine and she also lives with me I want to take care if him while she moves out and sorts her life out before she ruins his life any advice this please??
trouble27 - 3-May-17 @ 9:34 PM
dudley - Your Question:
Want to know if anything can be done to get my grandchildren stop them adopting them out if my wife is fit enough to look after me as im in a wheelchair I sure she can fecth our grandchildren up blaena gwent social service as ignore evety thing since the beginner last year she told my daughter she would make sure that me and my wife would not get the children we live in a 1 bedroom property but we can get the housing to get us a bigger property they own mother is no threat

Our Response:
It's obviously quite a complicated process and Social Services will have to look into every available option in order to present a report to the courts regarding what it thinks is in the best interests of the children long term. Information about the children needs to be presented to the courts. The court will need to understand the children's whole story including: their family composition, social, educational, development and finally, the children's own feelings. The court will look into the children’s history to make an informed decision. The court also assesses the prospective guardian’s support needs in relation to the child. You can see more via the Coram link here.
ProudGrandparents - 10-Apr-17 @ 10:48 AM
want to know if anything can be done to get my grandchildren stop them adopting them out if my wife is fit enough to look after me as im in a wheelchair i sure she can fecth our grandchildren up blaena gwent social service as ignore evety thing since the beginner last year she told my daughter she would make sure that me and my wife would not get the children we live in a 1 bedroom property but we can get the housing to get us a bigger property they own mother is no threat
dudley - 9-Apr-17 @ 10:29 AM
Beanie3364 - Your Question:
My grand children have been placed in foster care. We have a very good bond with them. We regularly had them and we did have our own concerns about them. It got to point we was asking our daughter to give custody of the kids to us while she sorts out her life. Many of times we suggested to her she left her boyfriend cause domestic violence is the root cause of hrr problems. But after this the bond I had with my daughter got weaker by the day. She was constantly lying and hiding things from me and my husband. We have been assessed by social services, we told em truth we had social services come to ours to assess my children cause of domestic violence between me and my husband. My husband does not have any record of violence even still to this date. I don't have a record at all. We have no debt and have a three bedroom which just me and my husband live in. We are not even allowed to visit our grandkids at moment. We love them and are missing them desperately. We no we can give them the love and the home screen they need. I would also like to say my daughter never told myself and my husband the children was going in care and the parents didn't answer the phone or or to social services so they could have a chance to prepare the children they was going. In end it all happened at my home and myself and my husband got a two minute call before to say that the kids are getting taken. As you can see we heart broken. Why can't they live with us, why can't we see them or have visits. We are desperate please help.

Our Response:
Where possible Social Services will try to place children with close family or friends. However, the assessment findings are based on carers being assessed as 'suitable' in the first instance and where possible this should be through a full assessment being presented to the Fostering Panel for consideration. We cannot comment on how the panel makes its decisions, apart from all avenues would have been explored to assess your suitability. This would also mean taking other outside opinions such as medical professionals, or even relatives. Therefore, your only option would be to seek legal advice to see if you have a case to challenge the decision.
ProudGrandparents - 21-Mar-17 @ 9:58 AM
Figaro - Your Question:
My daughter is mentally ill and is under psychiatric care.We have had parental responsibility for the last 5 years with the consent of the father (they are divorced ) he is in a stable loving home is doing well at school and is happy and outgoing.the mother is once again under psychiatric care and is now trying to get the son back so she can claim benefits and not have to work What can we do to protect him from the parent who terrifies him. He is 8 years in August

Our Response:
If you have parental responsibility for your grandchild, you do not have to hand your grandchild back to your daughter (or even allow her to see him) if is she is making demands. In other words, you have the full authority to decide and act upon what you think is in the best interests of the child. However, if your daughter wishes to try to claim her son back, she would have to apply through the courts. The court will always decide upon what it thinks is in the best interests of the child, which is stability and consistency. The court is also less likely to uproot your grandchild if your daughter has a history of not being able to care for him. However, you may wish to seek legal advice regarding this matter - if you are concerned. I presume you have a residence order in place too? A residence order (child arrangement order) will determine who the child should live with on a permanent basis.
ProudGrandparents - 20-Mar-17 @ 11:17 AM
My grand children have been placed in foster care. We have a very good bond with them. We regularly had them and we did have our own concerns about them. It got to point we was asking our daughter to give custody of the kids to us while she sorts out her life . Many of times we suggested to her she left her boyfriend cause domestic violenceis the root cause of hrr problems. But after this the bond I had with my daughter got weaker by the day. She was constantly lying and hiding things from me and my husband. We have been assessed by social services, we told em truth we had social services come to ours to assess my children cause of domestic violence between me and my husband. My husband does not have any record of violence even still to this date. I don't have a record at all. We have no debt and have a three bedroom which just me and my husband live in. We are not even allowed to visit our grandkids at moment. We love them and are missing them desperately. We no we can give them the love and the home screen they need. I would also like to say my daughter never told myself and my husband the children was going in care and the parents didn't answer the phone or or to social services so they could have a chance to prepare the children they was going. In end it all happened at my home and myself and my husband got a two minute call before to say that the kids are getting taken. As you can see we heart broken. Why can't they live with us, why can't we see them or have visits. We are desperate please help.
Beanie3364 - 20-Mar-17 @ 12:17 AM
I am so fed up of reading websites that do not address the opposite circumstance. When Grandparents literally snatch their Grandchildren from a very good Mother for no other reason than it is their only Grandchild and they want that child. The second my child was 16 my parents sprung into action, offering my teenager anything and everything that I could not afford as a single Mother to lure the child away from their Mum. It is a good parents job to play good cop bad cop, in other words when my teenager is being lovely I am obviously good cop, but when she is swearing at me and staying out late and mixing with the wrong crowd it is my responsibility as a loving parent to play bad cop and try to ground her and say no. My parents have taken advantage of this, because all they do is play good cop, and where would a 16year old rather live? Somewhere where they are loved and disciplined, or somewhere where they are spoilt rotten and they have no rules. So my parents swooped in and offered my daughter to live with them. Which is shocking Grandparents behaviour when she is my daughter. I haven't stopped crying for 4 months I am heartbroken. I appreciate that most Grandparents here are raising children who need the love and care and support their Grandchildrens natural parent is not providing, which is essential and for the childs health and safety and welfare, so it is honourable that a Grandparent will step in and provide the loving home a child in an unloving environment needs. But where are the websites and forums for loving Mothers who absolutely adore their own child and have always looked after their child properly but when the child became a teenager and wanted to be unruly that loving Mother had to try to keep their child from going off the rails, and the Grandparents took advantage of this very typical teenage/Mother struggle and have literally lured their Grandchild away from their parent for no other reason than they simply want the Grandchild? Here have drivibg lessons, let me deck out a bedroom however you want it, do whatever you like here havibg some apple pie, and I cant compete with that. There are no websites supportive of my heartbreak.I am not saying that Grandparents desperately need to step in in the circumstances you are referring to, of course you all do, for the benefit of these vulnerable children, but their are some Grandparents who just shockingly by pass their own children's feelings (which is shocking parenting of their own child) just to keep their Grandchild. Forgive me if I have let rip on a very justified and needed website for loving Grandparents doing the right thing, but not all Grandparents are doing the right thing when they take a Mothers child away from the parent, and there may be Grandparents here who aren't taking their Grandchildren away for valid reasons, but just because they simply want their Grandchild. So if there are any here. So just incase, I would like to say to those Grandparents, a Grandparents o
Debee - 19-Mar-17 @ 10:21 AM
My daughter is mentally ill and is under psychiatric care. We have had parental responsibility for the last 5 years with the consent of the father (they are divorced ) he is in a stable loving home is doing well at school and is happy and outgoing.the mother is once again under psychiatric care and is now trying to get the son back so she can claim benefits and not have to work What can we do to protect him from the parent who terrifies him. He is 8 years in August
Figaro - 19-Mar-17 @ 1:50 AM
hi i am looking to take my granddaughter from her mother who i deem as unfit , she is drinking constantly whilst having her children . she stays out all night , drags them home at unsocialblehours . takes them into the pub after school what can i do , need advice asap
caz - 7-Mar-17 @ 11:29 AM
I'm fighting to get my grandson his been taken from parents and fostered I've had 2 viability assessments both positive but social services are saying they will oppose it because something that happened yrs ago between my ex and son. I can't afford solicitor so need some advice please.
Nan - 1-Mar-17 @ 10:27 PM
Russ - Your Question:
Hi me and my husband have a residence order for my granddaughter who Hal lived with us for 2 years,as the social services said her parents were neglecting and they were on drugs,the mother off my granddaughter is going to rehab,and when she comes out she is going to take us back to court to get her daughter back,what are our rights,because we know she is not mentally stable to look after her.

Our Response:
The court will always decide upon what it thinks is in the best interests of your child and it values consistency, stability and security as the most important factors of a child's development. I cannot predict what a court may decide in this instance, but by the very fact you have been awarded a residence order, it will give you the more stable hand.
ProudGrandparents - 1-Mar-17 @ 11:31 AM
Hi me and my husband have a residence order for my granddaughter who Hal lived with us for 2 years,as the social services said her parents were neglecting and they were on drugs,the mother off my granddaughter is going to rehab,and when she comes out she is going to take us back to court to get her daughter back,what are our rights,because we know she is not mentally stable to look after her.
Russ - 28-Feb-17 @ 1:21 PM
Nanny - Your Question:
Hi im having a independant viability assesment done to have my 2 grandsons taken from foster care into our care under a special guardianship order im 59 my husband of 33 years is 62 both in good health the grandsons aged 8 and 6 have asked to live with uswe are at last stages of assesment my refs came back good do you think a judge will allow me to have them and if so how long after does it take to get them from care

Our Response:
If the assessments have come back positive, then it is highly likely a judge will defer to the statements. If there are no objections in the statements, then you should be allowed special guardianship, which should follow quickly, if not right away.
ProudGrandparents - 27-Feb-17 @ 2:23 PM
Hi im having a independant viability assesment done to have my 2 grandsons taken from foster care into our care under a special guardianship order im 59 my husband of 33 years is 62 both in good health the grandsons aged 8 and 6 have asked to live with uswe are at last stages of assesment my refs came back good do you think a judge will allow me to have them and if so how long after does it take to get them from care
Nanny - 27-Feb-17 @ 11:04 AM
Cooldaver - Your Question:
Hi our Daughter has a son who is 13monyhs old, our daughter is not with the father, but she has asked if we can have joint guardianship of her Son in case anything should happen to her to prevent the dad from getting guardianship, he is not on the birth certificate and does not want anything to do with his son

Our Response:
While none of us wish to confront issues such as this, it is a sensible approach. One route is for your daughter to appoint you as her guardians through a solicitor by specifying it in her will. She would have to include as much detail as she possibly can, and the the reasons why she wishes you as her designated guardian/s to take on the role of caring for her child. It is important to ensure that she clarifies her reasons for making her choice so that there can be no confusion over her mental and emotional state at the time of making the will. Parental Responsibility may also be an option to consider, please see link here. I hope this helps.
ProudGrandparents - 20-Feb-17 @ 2:51 PM
Hi our Daughter has a son who is 13monyhs old, our daughter is not with the father, but she has asked if we can have joint guardianship of her Son in case anything should happen to her to prevent the dad from getting guardianship, he is not on the birth certificate and does not want anything to do with his son
Cooldaver - 19-Feb-17 @ 11:02 PM
Hi im just wanting to know a bit information I was at court last may / june fighting for my granddaughter to live with me as my son and his partner were refused due to her having children removed previously due to her children father her ex partner due to domestic violence and drugs abuse not my son even tho they both done everything that the social services asked them to do even went to groups so then I was made party to the court case to have my granddaughter live with me I never had any viability assessment done on my self the social worker just put a report in on all my past history and the guardian done no work are assessment with me at all never even spoke to me the judge was asked for an independent social worker but this was denied so no work are anything was done with me I even told the judge I would put myself on any course are join any grpups if need be this was still not good enough all went on past history yes I used to have social services involved in my childrens life but are no longer involved I have 3 children at home and have never been removed from my care I passed my own parent assessment for my own children but they say I failed for my granddaughter this is so unreal how can I pass for 3 children but not a forth child who is my granddaughter my three childrens ages are 12yrs 11yrs and 19 month my granddaughter is 14 month old I have family all around me to help if I need it but nothing was good enough all past history they went on which I think I have grounds for appeal but I am unsure of how to file an appeal I have rang the supreme courts in london any they said if I have been refused by a crown court then yes I can appeal to the high courts I should have grounds to stand this appeal
Dee - 16-Feb-17 @ 10:37 PM
Hi im havingan assesment done alog with my husband to have a special guardian order to have my 2 grandsons out of foster care what reasons could thete be to fail this
Nanny - 31-Jan-17 @ 9:00 PM
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