King County, WA
Judge Ronald Kessler, today ruled that little Lisa would not be legally separated from her mother! Termination will not take place!
Judge Kessler ruled that the state's job is to work toward reunification. Thank God that there is a judge that can get through all this and come to the right decision. (More on this later.)
After the hearing the social worker said to the grandparents, "Your visitation is today at 2 PM. If you can't make it we can reschedule." She didn't like losing and the tone here was that of a loser.
Judge Catherine Schaffer had ruled that there be a visitation schedule put in place. There wasn't. The director of DSHS emailed me to say there would be monthly visits. After one visit...the visits..instead...stopped. The grandparents were told that since there were termination proceedings there would be no visits! (That is in keeping with their goal of moving the child to the foster adopt rather than permanently place with any biological placement.)
So...not able to keep her disdain out of her voice the social worker tells the grandparents of a previously unknown 2 PM visit. The grandparents are delighted with the upcoming visit and with the proceedings today. So am I. Hopefully, DSHS will no longer stand in the way. What an eye opener this case has been. It is worse than the public can imagine.
Congratulation to the mother's attorney, to the private investigator, to the grandparents and to the mother. Thank you Judge Kessler for following the law. We still have a few months to go. Lisa should have over-nights with the grandparents, with her mother...etc. This family should not have to have "supervised visits." (What a slam that is to good people.) The child should actually be placed with the grandparents. She should be out of the foster home where there is a vindictive woman with a restraining order who pawns a child off to days of daycare.