A: You should hire an attorney. You are not required to submit to DHR requested drug screens. However, if you refuse, DHR will often use that to justify removing the children. If so, you will have a 72-hour hearing and you should request an attorney be appointed to represent you at the 72-hour hearing. If the juvenile court awards DHR custody at that hearing, you only have 14 days to challenge that decision at the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. It sounds like DHR has not filed a petition for protective supervision or custody at this point; however, it is often inevitable, but there is no way to simply get DHR to close a case unless there is no evidence of abuse/neglect or all of their demands have
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A: You might. If you have a warrant in Millbrook, you should probably arrange to turn yourself in so that you do not have to worry about being arrested in court or on a traffic stop, etc. I would arrange for someone to post your bond, and go ahead and turn yourself in. Millbrook will eventually catch up with you, so there is no need to delay.
A: It is possible that you could file a CHINS (child in need of supervision) petition in the juvenile court for your county. However, before you seek that remedy, perhaps you should talk to the mother and explain your frustration with the child's behavior while the two are residing with you. After all, it sounds as though you are permitting them to live with you. You would not simply be able to send the child to "boot camp" or "press charges" against him unless he has committed a criminal act and is adjudicated delinquent. Even if adjudicated delinquent, it would be at the discretion of the juvenile judge as to whether "boot camp" or juvenile detention is appropriate.
It sounds like counseling or some other intervention is more appropriate than having the child removed from the home. Best of luck to you and your family. ... Read More