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can you get your kid taken by..

being an alcoholic? i ask because i recently had a baby, and i don't leave him with his grandparents because they drink WAY too much, but i've always wondered how my DH was even taken care of. they drink all day long, and DH said they have ALWAYS done that. police have been to their house, while they were drunk, with the kids there (for stuff like the kids being out past curfew) and never got into ANY kind of trouble. i don't understand it, i would have thought you could get them taken away for some kind of endangerment. i don't mean drinking, or even tipsy, i mean DRUNK.


Asked by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Feb. 14, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (6)
  • Depends on the situation that the police walks into. If the drunks are volatile and they see bugs all over the place, the kids malnourished or looking abused, then they most likely will.
    If they walk in and the kids look fine, even if the place hasn't been cleaned, then they won't bother because it will cost more time and money than its worth, in the eyes of the law.
    If the child has emotional problems from this lifestyle and it affects their social life and schoolwork, then the teacher may refer them to the school counselor. If it comes out from the child that they feel unsafe or neglected, then the counselor will call CPS to look in on the situation.
    The child has another recourse of action, though, that may work. They can repeatedly run away from home and complain about the conditions when they are picked up. Someone may listen eventually and help.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 9:01 AM on Feb. 15, 2010

  • yeah i have seen it happen

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:31 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • it really depends on the situation, they will have to investigate the surroundings of the child and see if it is appropriate for the well being of the child. some poeple can drink and still manage to care fo the child.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:33 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • drinking is legal

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:36 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • It was differant times when we were all younger than it is now. People are more aware nowdays of home situations, back then it used to be nobody else's buisness.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:56 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Drinking alone would not constitute cause . Now drinking and driving with the kids in the car.. Seen many taken away for that. Parents drunk, house a disaster, kids dirty, not fed or clothed properly .....seen that happen too. Evidence of any physical abuse on the child..yeah. Drinking by itself would not necessarily be enough. Also remember you're talking about a difference of how many years ago?


    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 6:57 PM on Feb. 14, 2010