Legal Guardianship in Michigan

Lynn - posted on 03/25/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am a step grandmother, my step daughter had a baby and she lives with us now. She parties all the time she leaves the baby for me to raise. I take care of the baby when she is at work when she is sleeping and even when she is home and awake. I pay for food diapers, medicine and toys and any other essentials the baby may need. The baby thinks I am his mother. My step daughter has no feelings, so it seems for this baby. She is very selfish and only thinks of herself first. If one of her friends calls and wants her to go out with them she is gone in a second. When the baby was first born she was breast feeding him but also giving him formula I convinced her to just bottle feed the baby because he was not getting enough food. She would feed him for 15 mins on the right breast then say that is enough. Later I found out that my step daughter was sleeping all day because she was taking the baby out all night with her when she partied with her friends. Because of sleeping all day the baby would go 9 hours without a feeding. Then I found out that when she lived with her mother she was putting the babies bottles under her bed and not cleaning them, she would just reuse them to feed the baby again with. Needless to say the baby ended up with thrush. There is so much more to say but not enough time in a day taking care of a baby full time. I want to know about legal guardianship in michigan and how hard is it to get? I am so afraid for this baby. She does not care what happens to him, she will let anyone take him and she does not give it a second thought. Please someone help me I am not sure where to turn or what to do. My husband and I are so worried and afraid if we do something legal she will take the baby and run now that she is living with us. What should we do?

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Tyla - posted on 03/25/2013

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I will keep you in my prayers...
Some people just cannot be parents
I was 16 when my son was born and I grew up
Got my GED
Married his dad
And I am now a stay at home mom
Some of us grow up and some of us don't
and then their are people who just do not wanna be parents.

Tyla - posted on 03/25/2013

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i would call CYFD (child/youth/and family Division)
What will most likely happen is you will file complaint
They will do a follow up home visit
They will talk to you , the mother, other family if possible
They will examine the child and home
They will them make the decision if there is enough for a case against the mother
If they do have enough for a case they will MOST LIKELY (not defiantly) remove the child from the home and arrest the mother for (child neglect, child endangerment, child abandonment, and who knows what else)
Once the child is a ward of the state you can file for custody.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/25/2013

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Wholly crap. Yeah sounds like she needs to not be a mother. I would go straight to a family lawyer and see what your options are. Figure out what the procedure is. Hell, she may just hand the baby over to you, but you do want it to be legal. Good luck. Sure does not sound like she is ready for a baby. Just curious, how old is she?

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Lynn - posted on 03/30/2013

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Thank you everyone for your help and support it was greatly appreciated. All I can say is I have no faith in the Michigan Legal System. When we protect parents that neglect their children. I feel so helpless in this situation. We have spoken to cps, childrens aid, the police, a lawyer and what it comes down to is grandparents have no rights. So when my grandchild ends up in the hospital or heaven forbid, dead. Then I can sue the state for their neglect. How will that make me feel better about my grandchild. The United States has made it far to easy for people to have children and then neglect them. It is high time to change some laws. I for one am going to do what ever I need to. Look out parents who neglect their children the laws are about to change and I don't care how long it takes me to fight for grandparents rights something needs to change.

Lynn - posted on 03/25/2013

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I called CPS Child protective services and and Childrens aid they both told me there was nothing they could do because I am taking care of the baby now. So my husband and I am seeing a lawyer but it will not be cheap around 3 to 10 grand. We are not rich and this is not something we can just let go of. I am so worried for this little guy.

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