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Destitute Child

DESTITUTE CHILD

The local Department of Social Services (DSS)—in New York City, that is The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)—may file a petition in Family Court seeking to place your child in foster care if your child (1) is in a state of want or suffering due to a lack of sufficient food, clothing, shelter, or medical care, and (2) is not an abused or neglected child, and (3) is without any parent of caretaker available to sufficiently care for him or her. These cases typically arise when a parent is hospitalized, unable to be located, or imprisoned.

If the petition is approved, your child will enter either stranger foster care or kinship foster care. While in foster care, ACS and the assigned foster

If the petition is approved, your child will enter either stranger foster care or kinship foster care. While in foster care, ACS and the assigned foster care agency will be required to work towards making reasonable efforts to effectuate permanency for your child. Permanency involves is the child’s legal goal. A child’s goal typically starts off as return to parent, but can be modified to permanent placement with a fit and willing relative (also known as custody to someone other than a parent), legal guardianship, adoption, or another permanent living arrangement (also known as independent living or APPLA+).  

During the course of the case, ACS or the foster care agency, under certain circumstances, can elect to file a petition to terminate your parental rights.

care agency will be required to work towards making reasonable efforts to effectuate permanency for your child. Permanency involves is the child’s legal goal. A child’s goal typically starts off as return to parent, but can be modified to permanent placement with a fit and willing relative (also known as custody to someone other than a parent), legal guardianship, adoption, or another permanent living arrangement (also known as independent living or APPLA+).  

During the course of the case, ACS or the foster care agency, under certain circumstances, can elect to file a petition to terminate your parental rights.

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WHAT CAN THE DROSS LAW FIRM DO FOR YOU?

The thought of your child in foster care is terrifying—let alone the thought of losing rights to your child—and navigating the complexities of the child welfare system is cumbersome. That’s why you need real experience—both in and out of the courtroom. “As a former foster child, former kinship foster parent, former ACS prosecutor, and current parent, I offer clients something most attorneys simply cannot: insight. As a child, I’ve been to many places where ACS houses children including ACS’ Children’s Center, various foster homes, group homes, a residential treatment center, and even several kinship homes. As a therapeutic foster parent, I completed parenting and various child-rearing classes, and complied with home visits and foster care agency directives. As an ACS prosecutor, I’ve been on the inside, assessing cases of abuse or neglect, reviewing evidence and determining what is sufficient or needed, advising CPS and foster care agency case planners on what steps to take, and expending hundreds of hours preparing and presenting cases to the court. At The Dross Law Firm, we can actually relate to our clients, thereby enabling us to provide practical solution-based representation on a different level. Our clients matter, their family matters, and therefore lived experience matters.” – Arique Dross III, Managing Attorney.