When a child is injured and taken to a medical facility for treatment, medical professionals are required by law to report anything they feel might be suspicious. The agency that takes the report will meet with the parents or guardians of the child, and if they deem it in the best interests of the child, will remove the child from the home. As one might expect, this can cause emotions to run high.
A child custody dispute pitting the parents and other family members against a child protection agency in the state of New Jersey since August has been prolonged even further due to Hurricane Sandy. The 1-year-old has been in the custody of protective services since his release from a New Jersey hospital. He was admitted for head injuries sustained from a fall from his bed on Aug. 9. The child's injuries required surgery, and once he recovered, authorities took him from his parents, alleging that they had failed to adequately care for him.
The original hearing was set for Sept. 7, but the family had been unsuccessful in acquiring an American attorney. Since then, the family has attained counsel, but the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has caused further delays. Meanwhile, the child's parents are allowed visitation once a week for two hours.
When a threat of losing custody of a child is a possibility, it is in the best interest of all involved to learn about all the possible outcomes, and about any measures the parents can take to alleviate the situation. Speaking to an experienced family law attorney may be beneficial.