Can DCFS Take Custody Away From Parent

Question About DCFS

Can DCFS give custody of my daughter to her grandmother during a truancy review they never even gave me a chance. The court had never said that custody was an issue.  They had never said they would take it away from me nor did they give me a chance. They actually gave her back to her grandma where she had just been dropped off from. She washed her hands of her. She regularly skipped school, suicidal, and had two new piercings. I had her into home study and counseling.

Answer

If the state has custody of your daughter, DCFS has the right to determine who to place your daughter placed with. However, the court oversees this decision. If the state removed your daughter from your custody, the court will set a shelter hearing within three days. What you describe is a temporary custodial arrangement that can be changed by the court at any time. You can file a motion with the court at other times with your custody request, but your request must be timely. You should retain counsel to help you meet the very strict deadlines in Juvenile Court.

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