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Old 09-01-2007, 08:08 PM
 
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I am looking for my granddaughter who is in a foster home in the Madison Wisconsin Area I know a few facts Her foster mom's name is Debbie and she works in a dentist office. My granddaughter goes to a daycare on Oregon Wi. I won't give her name out right now but I will say she is 4 years old and has tempory false teeth on top . If anyone knows of a Debbie in or around the madison Wi. area please tell her I want to see my granddaughter. I have only seen her once since I heard about her being put in foster care and now her father wont answer my calls so I can see her again. Even though he told me he would tell this Debbie to call me I don't think he did. So Please someone help me !!!!!!!!!!11
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: No city lights here
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I dont belive this is the way to go ... You need to call your local dcfs licensing child protection agency .. call them ..if a child is put in foster care then you may have rights to have her with you or even have visitations .. but you have to go through your child protection agency.

The foster parent is only stepping in to give the child a safe place ....... and I am going to bet that if you were to find the foster mom the licensing would view this as a threat to the child and maybe remove her and put in yet another foster care home!

Call your local office ..if you need help finding that info please pm me.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Metrowest area of Massachusetts
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Unfortunately you have NO rights. You are a grandparent not a custodial parent/ or parent with visitation.

You could attempt to establish something through the courts but it is doubtful you would attain any visitation.

The child is in legal foster care for a reason which you have not stated. Where were you when this all took place? Did you attempt at that time to gain custody?

State laws vary and you need to contact DSS or whatever dept. handles foster care placement where the original order took place.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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I was unaware of anything until it was too late. I didn't even know there was a problem with the parents. As far as getting custody I cannot for I live in a different county.
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Old 09-03-2007, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Metrowest area of Massachusetts
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For some reason grandparents think they have automatic rights with grandchildren. They have none - NO standing.

Any standing (if a judge saw foster care as a temporary situation could award a grandparent temp. custody BUT you weren't there for that) and if a judge sees it as a serious situation can take the parental rights away and the child would be adopted out.

Is the child up for adoption?

Anyway you have 3 choices.

1. Rely on the generosity of the foster parent who can allow anyone contact with the child, or

2. Hire an attorney in the state (county or city) where the order took place for a consultation. Not that this will accomplish anything but it's a starting point.

3. Leave it alone.

Good luck I know this is a difficult and trying time.
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Old 09-03-2007, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Grandparents DO have rights - at least for visitation.
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Metrowest area of Massachusetts
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Grandparents DO have rights - at least for visitation.
They MOST certainly have NO rights. The only persons with any LEGAL rights are the parents provided those rights were not legally taken away.

Can you post any statute stating grandparents have ANY rights? NO, because they have none.

Relationships with grandchildren are established through the parents or the adult with custody.
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Metrowest area of Massachusetts
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and CAN a grandparent legally obtain visitation through the COURT, (because that is what they have to attempt to do with a hostile parent who is denying access to the grandchild), yes that is possible not probably and depending on what criteria is met.

also this is case of child taken away from both parents and with false upper teeth (what went on here?) and in foster care which is totally different than a grandparent trying to obtain legal visitation with child who is with their hostile parent or a hostile parent with custody. There is some case law on this but far and few between.

The Supreme Court ruled that the parents of the children have 'the ultimate decision making' on who sees their child.

Now tell me again you have any automatic rights. I'm a grandparent of 2, ages 3 and 10 and I know I have no rights with them if the situation arose, unless I could somehow could establish legal court visitation which probably would not happen.

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Old 09-04-2007, 02:15 PM
 
Location: No city lights here
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my hubby and his mother had a falling out - the first thing out of her mouth with us was she was going to establish grandparents rights.....

well we contacted a lawyer .. she has no rights!
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