From Crisis to Stability

While out one day, Beverly saw her cousin Tammy on the street. Tammy was visibly pregnant, homeless, and suffering from a drug addiction. Remembering her own past struggles with drugs, Beverly took Tammy into her home. She kept Tammy sober and fed during the final month of her pregnancy. Tammy gave birth to a healthy baby girl. But Tammy’s addiction was too strong. Tammy promptly left her baby with Beverly, returning to the streets and back to drugs. Beverly didn’t want this baby entering the foster care system like so many other children of addicts. Beverly instead went to court and obtained guardianship.  But when Beverly tried to file for adoption, she ran into difficulty. Like many others who try to go it alone for lack of resources, Beverly got the paperwork wrong.  And her past was coming back to haunt her. Learning of Beverly’s prior drug use, the court’s investigator was expressing reservations about Beverly’s history that could keep her from adopting the baby.

Levitt & Quinn’s Legal Services Director, Lucia Reyes, helped Beverly to fill her court papers correctly. Lucia made sure that each birth parent received notice of the case, and obtained their consent for Beverly to complete the adoption. Lucia advised Beverly that gathering letters of recommendation from those who have known her in sobriety would improve her chances at a favorable outcome, especially since Beverly is the only parent the baby has ever known. With Levitt & Quinn’s expert help, the court had everything it needed to grant the adoption. Despite her fears, Beverly’s 8 years of sobriety and her good deeds were enough to show the court that she would provide a loving future for a little girl whose young life started out so rocky.
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