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.