Ok this will be a long one! First it's not my child, it's my husbands aunt that's for herself into this situation. Ok so last year aunt P (62 and disabled from joint issues, can walk but is always in pin). gets a phone call at 7am before her coffee and before she was fully functioning properly from her estranged cousin we will call grandpa C (58 and healthy). That he needs her to come get his 3 grandchildren right away (ages 5,6,7) CPS workers are at his daughters house to take them away for neglect and parental drug use. He can't take them but we will get to that later. Aunt P having a big heart and no brain went over to help. CPS handed the children over to aunt P to take home with her on the spot. Aunt P is well known with CPS for raising her own grandchildren and was in the system as a safe place. Recap (aunt P and grandpa C = 1st cousins) Fast forward to the next month and AUNT P , Grandpa C and momof3 all go to court. AUnt P and grandpa C get awarded joint custody of 3 kids with placement with aunt P until momof3 gets her together. Grandpa C is susposed to take 3 kids on his days off and daytime hours every other weekend. CPS closes the case because the kids are no longer in harms way and not placed in the "system". Aunt P was oblivious to what that actually meant. Now for some side info, grandpa C can't have custody of 3 kids because he has custody of 3 kids older brother (10). Older brother of the 3 kids can't be trusted to keep his hands out of 3 kids pants. Now fast forward to 2 months later. Aunt P is raising and supporting 3 kids with no help from grandpa C or parents on her social security alone. The 3 kids are "to much" for grandpa C to handle so he won't take them for his visitations. Momof3 has not come to visit once and has only called a handful of times. Again at early in the morning grandpa C is calling aunt P to come to the hospital and collect baby. Baby is from grandpa C son and his girlfriend. CPS will not let babymom or baby dad take baby home. Babymom has element neglect charges against her from a previous child that CPS took. Baby was born with a very small head and lethal blood sugar levels due to babymom (type 1 diabetic) not taking insulin correctly or going to prenatal appointments. Aunt P being the person she is took baby home with her until these parents get their together. Recap all 4 kids grandpa c grandkids. 3 kids and baby = cousins Now to court for baby. Aunt P gets joint custody with babymom and baby dad. Aunt P has placement but babymom and babydad get only supervised visits by aunt P. Again CPS unenvolved themselves for the same reasons. Now aunt p has caught on. It's about 10 months later now. Grandpa C is useless and takes 3 kids and baby 2 at a time every other weekend for 2-3 hours. So he's contributing approx 1 hour a month per child as his help. Momof3 still hasn't done her drug treatment and calls maybe bi-weekly and is showing no interest in regaining custody. Babymom and babydad see baby maybe once a week for 2 hours. They live 3 blocks away!!!! And have court ordered visitation every m-w-f 3-5pm. Plus aunt p would never tell them no to come other times. Babymom and babydad have mental problems. They are on the border of retarded literally. They are just not smart people and will never be able to care for a baby. The intelligence and common sense is just not there. They tell people all the time there bringing baby home next month and get people to donate money and things for baby that baby never gets. They love with others that have lost custody for abuse and neglect and have no idea what's going on with baby's health and development. No jobs etc. Baby has a tiny head that thank god is growing and the docs are hopeful that she's won't be developmentaly delayed. Baby looks like a baby with some kind of retardation. It's sad to say but I can't think of a nicer way to say it. Baby will have a rough road ahead of her to overcome her horrible genes. Now baby is going to be 1 next month, aunt P is tired and can't do it alone anymore. Aunt P wants to move to Texas with me with 4 kids. Aunt P is broke and can't afford a lawyer. Momof3 won't consent, babymom and babydad won't consent and grandpa C has turned her into every state agency he can to try and get 4 kids removed from aunt P thinking that will force the state to give momof3 and babymom and babydad back their kids. (He's not smart either). There's no upcoming court dates, there's no lawyers, no CPS workers to call. What can aunt p do to get full custody of these kids? Is it even possible? She supporting 4 kids on food stamps and $700 in disability a month. All parents have been court ordered to pay child support of a grand total of $50 a month, aunt p hasn't seen a penny yet. Oh and dads of 3, 1 is in prison and the other in momof3s dealer. I can't help with the legal issue because I've never delt with custody at all. And google on had info for parents fighting parents. If CPS would of stayed envolved the parents would already of had their rights terminated to the court. Any advice will be appreciated!