Removing a Child from a Home
What are the next steps immediately following the removal of the child from the home? Hi, I’m Oklahoma attorney Brian Glass and immediately after removing the child from the home, after the emergency custody hearing, the ruling has been made that it is in the best interest of the child’s health, safety, and welfare to be removed from the home.
Then the parent or parent guardian or custodian of the child will be ordered to complete an affidavit of their closest relatives. Anybody that would be in line for what is called kinship placement. This would be somebody that the parent guardian or custodian of the minor child feels would take care of the child, would be able to care for the child, and that the child will feel safe there. After completing this, this is followed by the state court.
Enrolling in Medical Care and Schooling
The next step would be within 15 days, the parent guardian or custodian of the child shall supply DHS with copies of the child’s birth certificate and social security card for all the proper enrolling in either medical care or their schooling moving forward while the child remains in state custody.
The next step would be after the five days of the affidavit being filed with the court, the parents are given notice of DHS’s decision on where the child may be placed. A family safety meeting will take place and then it will be determined where the child would be best placed. Again, this is going to go towards their health, safety, and welfare of the child immediately following removal from the home.
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From there, again, there will be another family safety meeting and the next steps will be laid out for the parent guardian or custodian of the minor child. If you have any further questions about a child being removed from a home or emergency custody or any other legal questions, you can find me, a Chickasha child custody lawyer, at chickshalawyer.com.