The opioid crisis and child custody

It is hard to find anyone in the United States that the opioid epidemic has not in some way touched. Sadly, the epidemic continues to grow in Georgia as the death toll mounts. Among the biggest losers of the epidemic are the children born of addicted mothers. But there is hope. Some of these mothers are inspired by their children to seek and maintain recovery through child custody.

Children born of addicted mothers are frequently removed from their care and placed in foster care. One mother did not see her daughter for the entire first year of the child's life and was afraid the baby girl would not know her. But when the mother was allowed to see her, after a prolonged period of sobriety, the child smiled and opened her arms. The mother's response was a vow to fight to regain custody of her daughter.

The opioid crisis continues to kill and continues to plague this nation. There is progress being made on the recovery front. While child safety is always paramount, it is widely accepted that a child is best off with a parent. This can also benefit the recovering addict by inspiring him or her to remain in recovery.

Recovering addicts may benefit greatly from being surrounded by love and support. The unconditional love offered by a child is very powerful. If an addict in recovery desires to regain custody of his or her child, he or she could benefit greatly from having a confidential conversation with an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney in Georgia concerning child custody. The attorney can apprise the parent of options and viable paths to achieving the desired outcome.

Source: q13fox.com, "Recovering addicts fight for child custody after getting clean", Simone Del Rosario, May 2, 2018

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