How does one lose custody at a hospital?
Very generally speaking, a parent or parents can “lose custody” of their children at a hospital (or clinic or doctor’s office) if the doctor(s) or staff at a hospital who examine a child believe there is cause for notifying the authorities that the child is abused and/or neglected, which can then lead to law enforcement and/or child protective services being summoned. If law enforcement and/or child protective services agents believe there is sufficient evidence to conclude the child(ren) are abused and/or neglected, the child can be taken from the parents and into state custody while an investigation is conducted to determine whether the parents should be deprived of custody on a temporary or permanent basis. If it is determined that the parents should be deprived of custody on a temporary or permanent basis, the state will commence proceedings in court against the parent(s).
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