They reside in North Dakota. The aunt is in her 30's and happily married. She and her husband have two little girls.
The family is known by the Republican Senate Majority Leader of North Dakota. They are wonderful, highly regarded people.
When I found out about the aunt and uncle the aunt flew in and I met with her. She is PERFECT. I learned about her senator and called the majority leader and asked that his state do a "home study" on this couple. Their DSHS did this and the couple passed with flying colors!
The "home study" was sent to WA (I am monitoring this whole thing).
I assumed that our DSHS would tell the judge that this family wanted their niece. Instead DSHS hid the study! They did not tell anyone about it though admitted to me later that "yes" they did receive it. (The department did not WANT to follow the law and so they just didn't.)
I was allowed to read a statement in front of Judge Katherine Schaffer in King County. She was "shocked" when I told her about the mother's sister in ND. The judge turned to the CASA and said: "Why didn't I know about this?"
Answer? Because there is no one who wants this child kept with the biological family! They are working to take her. DSHS later told me they hid it because they only tell the judge after a termination occurs! What a crock!
The purpose of family placement is to try to keep the family together. This is not a "whim" issue. Our legislature (YOU...the people) have decided that families should stay together if possible.
Note: The state of Washington has a compact with the state of North Dakota (and many other states) that they will honor out of state "in home studies" and that they will mutually work to keep children with biological families. Our DSHS hides them. Robin Arnold Williams, Director of DSHS, and all of her personal generals were personally told about this study...by me... They shove aside everything and everybody. They do what they want. There is no accountability in DSHS CPS. I have been through HELL with these people. Try to imagine what it must be like for the good people whose lives they tear apart!