What happens if Children Services determines a child can never live safely with his or her birth parents again?

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What happens if Children Services determines a child can never live safely with his or her birth parents again?

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In that case, Children Services will do one of the following: • ask that the court award legal custody to a relative, who then becomes the child’s primary caregiver; • place the child in foster care until he or she becomes of legal age; or • petition the courts for permanent custody of the child, and upon receiving custody place the child into an adoptive home in he or she is not placed in an adoptive home already. Children Services finalizes more than 37 adoptions each year.

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