Child protective services strive to place children with family members when possible if the kids must be removed from their parent’s home. Family Law Attorney Kevin Webster says grandparents have a right to intervene in these cases. These cases can be complex, and Kevin recommends grandparents talk with an attorney to ensure they have the best chance possible to take in their grandchildren.
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My name is Kevin Webster. I’m a family law attorney here at Robinson and Henry. And I’d like to discuss grandparent rights when your grandchildren become involved in the child protection system.
Colorado Child Protection Laws
Colorado has an abundance of child protection laws in place. Oftentimes, in these cases, children are removed from their parents’ care due to safety issues. In doing so, often local departments of human services require placing the child in foster care or some sort of interim placement.
Your Rights as a Grandparent
Pursuant to Colorado law, grandparents have a right to intervene in any state-initiated child protection action. So what that means is, if your grandchild is involved in the child protection system, you have the right to intervene in that case and to request placement, visitation, and final custody orders with respect to your grandchildren.
Speak with a Family Law Attorney First
If you find yourself in this situation, the advice of an attorney is critical. As these cases move forward, the longer children are in placement with foster care or some other person, the more difficult it can become for a grandparent to step in and keep their family together. So if you find yourself in this situation, please contact Robinson and Henry, and we can help you through that process.