My 7 year old cousin has been living with my mum and I for the past 6 or 7 months. He's my mums sister youngest child and was placed with my mum after her sister having to leave her physically abusive partner who is not the father of my cousin. She has an intervention order out that protects her and my cousin from him. She has been on drugs for thirty years but has recently gone back on them and has up and left her son. Her drug use made her to sick to look after her son and so he was placed with my mum. There was no legal arrangement for my mum to have him and he is still classified as being in my aunties custody. We think she has gone back with her partner who also used to hit my cousin.
I was wondering if anyone knew if we could potentially get custody of him and if they would have any rights over to get him back? We want to give him the best life possible as he is a beautiful kid. So if anyone has any information on of we could and how we could get custody of him that would be great!
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03-03-2014 13:34 #1Junior Member
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Do we have any rights?
03-03-2014 13:36 #2
I think your first step would be to contact a lawyer who specialises in family law.
03-03-2014 14:44 #3
contact lifeline or any charity that has information lines. Someone will be able to direct you how to proceed with getting permanent custody, or guardianship. I have known many families where the grandparents have full custody over their grandchildren because their mother is not capable of taking care of her children. Im sure there must be laws allowing this in every state. Marie.
03-03-2014 15:04 #4Senior Member
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You can go through DOCS and get a kinship fostering arrangement set up. Means it will be supervised and official
We did this for 12 months with my cousin's daughter (my 2nd neice??) and it was fine. Once we had been approved, we were pretty much left to it. They helped facilitate visits if needed and offered support too.
03-03-2014 15:51 #5
[QUOTE=River Song;7684106]You can go through DOCS and get a kinship fostering arrangement set up. Means it will be supervised and official
If you're in NSW you could also contact Barnardos Australia as they do kinship care too.
This. You and your mum are doing a fantastic thing. Good luck.
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