SS received a referral expressing concern
regarding mother’s and maternal grandmother’s ability to care for this 8-year-old.
They both have histories of mental illness. Mother is mentally retarded (IQ
established at 47) and has schizophrenia. She stopped
taking prescribed medication five months ago. She recently had a psychiatric
evaluation done and began taking a new medication, but she isnt at a
therapeutic level at this time.
Grandmother has been diagnosed with major depression and is on
medication for the condition. There were also reports grandmother doesnt
protect her retarded daughter (the childs mother) from being sexually taken
advantage of by grandmother’s boyfriends. Due to the severity of family
problems and potential risk to this child, SS was granted custody and the child
was placed into care.