Yesterday I received an unexpected call from baby girls Legal Worker (they are the people that work for the bio parents to help fight for reunification and have a major role in CPS/foster care system), stating that the 6 month hearing that was suppose to take place today, had already occurred last week on Jan. 11th.
I was frustrated because I have never missed a hearing, or trial with any of my foster children, and I didn’t even get the chance to attend because the Legal Worker “forgot to send out change or date notifications” when he saw that the hearing was moved up a week. It’s especially important in baby girls case, because we are being told very limited information about the biological parents and the hearing would have given us the opportunity to see what they have been doing for the last almost 6 months.
I then called baby girls lawyer to see if she knew that it got re-scheduled and she said did not, and was not in attendance at the hearing but she was unaware of the change of date. She was livid and told the legal worker that he better never “fail to mention the change of date again”.
The Lawyer then proceeded to tell me that she had actually ran into the Legal Worker in the courthouse the day after the hearing and he proceeded to tell her that “the parents are doing all of their scheduled classes, they are staying clean and testing negative on the drug screen, and seem to be doing what is asked of them”. He then said to her “the record for the father is the one major concern in this case and that the Judge would still like the goal to be reunification with the biological parents”.
I am not going to lie and say I wasn’t angry about the whole ordeal, because then I would be lying and I don’t like to do that, but I will say that I stayed faithful. Did you know that I actually thanked God for protecting me and my heart from knowing all of the details of the hearing? He knew how much I love and care about this baby girl and would do anything to protect her from any harm.
I can’t go into further details about the case at this time, but I will be able to one day.We are planning to hire a lawyer at the end of this month to fight the case, and will see where God takes us from there.
Please say a sweet prayer for everyone involved in this case that we don’t lose sight of doing what’s best for the baby. Thank you SO much for all of the support each of you have given me/our family during this time. ♥ (And yes that is my foster daughter in the top of this post, she is so precious)!
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