Temporary custody of grandson
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Noone is immune to tragedy. What should have been a joyous trip to pick up a family member to spend the summer with turned into disaster on May 26th 2017. A horrific car accident that left one dead, one in jail, and an innocent baby only a few months old thrown into custody of child services. This petition is to ultimately grant temporary custody of the baby to the maternal grandmother and to change the law and eradicate state statutes and the power of temporary custody to family members from falling within the domain of state power. There should be a blanket federal law set in place with specific guidelines.
The main concern is the welfare of the infant. It is in the best interest of the baby to be placed with the maternal grandmother. Tennessee's child welfare services office should have been investigating the situation and making a determination for the court to consider. Not all people can afford to retain their own lawyer to advocate for them. The maternal grandmother is eager to start the investigative process with the Tennessee child welfare department. She is hopeful to open her home for the agency to inspect. She is firm in her ability to care for her grandson. She can provide a safe environment. She is the one who can best make decisions concerning the health and welfare of her grandson and can meet all needs. She can best provide love and affection. She can insulate stability. Her character alone presents a compelling case. No other family member is asking for temporary custody. Prior to the accident a substantial percentage of involvement existed between grandmother and grandson. The baby's mother wants her son to go to her mother. She is willing to sign a temporary relative custody form.
But the child welfare services of Tennessee are not communicating with this family. Not with the daughter and not with the grandmother. It is just shy of an entire month and nothing has been said or done. Meanwhile this baby is a whole month older. And this is all too common. I'm calling on the state of Tennessee's child welfare department to make a positive recommendation to the court for temporary custody. Visitation is a hardship as the family is from New Jersey and the accident occurred in the state of Tennessee. Let's get this baby home to New Jersey with his grandmother where he belongs.
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