Child custody comes in several forms. Divorce always involves child custody if there are children of the marriage. Whether child custody is decided by agreement, mediated or decided by a Judge, divorce always involves child custody. Other forms of child custody are relative resource placement or grandparent placement. There is also DHR foster care placement, but that is a last resort. These other forms are in need of discussion here in this blog. If you know a child that is in need of a safer and healthier placement, it might be time to take action for that child. There are always legal avenues to provide that safer and healthier placement. A relative can file a private dependency action where they allege that at this time there is no parent willing or able to provide care for the child for any reason they feel is obstructing this ability. In most cases, this might involve illegal or misuse of drugs whether prescription drugs or illegal drugs. It can also involve inadequate housing or neglect/abuse. If you know of a child in a situation whether they are suffering from neglect or abuse or inadequate care, a private dependency action can be filed wither by agreement or without agreement of the parent. Adoption is another legal avenue to provide relative placement or grandparent placement. Whether adoption is by agreement or not by agreement, it could provide a better environment for the child you care about. Our attorneys are here to help you decide which legal case is appropriate for your facts. Call us today (205)623-1001 to find out the correct solution for you.