I want the State of Washington to follow the law. And, personally, I would like to have a picture of me standing in the front yard of a neat little Enumclaw home, with a little 3 year-old, her mother, and her loving grandparents. It would be a picture I would hang in my office as a reminder of love and perseverance.
Little Lisa to date?....
*She lived the first 9 months with her grandparents. Her mother was 16 and unmarried.
*The grandparents cared for her and did everything they could. Grandpa left his job of 15 years to get a position with better insurance....for the baby. He had the car glass tinted to keep the glare off the baby's sensitive eyes. They provided all needs and were loving grandparents. No one has ever said any thing different. The baby loves the grandparents.
*When 18 months her mother came home but this time decided to take the baby for a couple of weeks. When she returned the grandmother thought the baby looked a little weak and did not want the mother to take her again. Over that the police were called.
*Mother and baby were sent to two different "homes" in Tacoma. One house, provided with your tax dollars and approved by DSHS, had 13 people and one bathroom. Two wrecked refrigerators laid in the front yard. In the second "home" the mother and baby were housed in a basement bedroom with another mother and her two children....that would be 2 unrelated adults and 3 children in one bedroom. Neither home was supervised. The grandparents hauled in a bed as none was provided. They took needed food.
*Lisa's mother argued with another troubled girl and that is when the state took little Lisa.
*Now? She lives with a single 43 year-old woman who was a troubled teen herself. The state has placed an infant there too. Lisa goes to back to back daycare. Five days a week she goes to Childhaven and then is bused to Kindercare.
*She came to daycare with a black eye. The mother noticed it on a supervised visit. I called the police to report it for the mother.
* Lisa has only been allowed five visits in a year with her grandparents. In February, Lisa clung to her grandparents and cried when the social worker dragged her away. It was heart wrenching for everyone...even the social worker.
*Recently she arrived at daycare with food up her nose.
*Lisa loves visits with her mother. When the little girl became upset because the mother's visit time was over....DSHS reduced the number of visits that the mother could have!
TO DATE???? SHE HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM HER FAMILY, DEPRIVED VISITS BY FAMILY MEMBERS, KEPT FROM PLACEMENT WITH RELATIVES WHO HAVE PASSED IN-HOME STUDIES, AND SUFFERED DISTRESS WHEN SHE HAS DESIRED TO BE WITH THE PEOPLE SHE LOVES. THE DEPARTMENT HAS DEPRIVED THIS LITTLE GIRL OF HER RIGHTS!
THE LEGISLATURE HAS SAID THAT DSHS MUST FIRST PLACE WITH RELATIVES. NONE WERE EVEN CONSIDERED! THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. THE COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE (CASA) WHO IS SUPPOSE TO REPRESENT THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD HAS PREDETERMINED THAT THE GIRL WILL BE TAKEN AND PERMANENTLY PLACED WITH THE FOSTER ADOPT. THE STATE TRIES TO ALIENATE AFFECTIONS BETWEEN THE CHILD AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY. THEN, IF THE YOUNG MOTHER BREAKS ANY RULE THE CHILD WILL NOT GO TO FAMILY, BUT BE PLACED WITH THE FOSTER PARENT.
STATE LAW IS BEING SHOVED ASIDE.
Note about the little girl: Little Lisa is perfect. She is not drug affected. She does not have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The mother is learning as she grows up. There is no precedent in law that says you terminate parental rights if a teen tests positive once in 9 months for alcohol as Lisa's mother did.