I was given temporary custody of 4 of my grandchildren by my daughter until she got on her feet. She lives in Maryland; I live in Kansas. My daughter came and said  they found a house they could all be together in, and she was ready to bring them home. A month later child protection is involved because of neglect. Child protection says they did not place the children but that my daughter signed them over volunteerily to avoid jail and putting them in foster care. The person she signed them over to refuses me access to the children (who are now living in Florida). Do I have any rights?

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When child protection services has possession of children (either through courts deeming the parents unfit or through voluntary signing over rights), the courts do everything they can to place the child/children with suitable family members. The father/s of the children will come first. If the father signs over rights (or the father cannot be found), the courts will try and find all other family members. Family members who wish to have custody of the child/children will then undergo...

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