If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you may need to take custody of your sibling. This can be a very difficult decision because it means that you will have to give up your own child and spend time away from him as he is placed in foster care. However, it is often necessary in order to protect your sibling from abuse or neglect.
If you are thinking about taking custody of your sibling, there are some steps you should take first:
Take time off work and find someone who can help with childcare while you are gone. This may be a friend or family member who can look after your other children while you are out of town.
Contact your local social worker and ask if she has any recommendations for lawyers who specialize in child welfare cases. If not, ask her for information about how to find an attorney who specializes in such cases and what types of services they offer clients at no cost or at reduced rates. Your local legal aid office may also be able to help with this process.
Make sure that all necessary paperwork is completed before leaving town; otherwise it might delay the process significantly once you arrive at your destination. If possible, complete these forms before leaving home so that everything is ready when it’s time.
Last modified: August 17, 2022