Strangely and very coincidentally, (because there are 53 Superior Court judges in King County)the grandparents said they had asked a judge to issue a restraining order against the man who was in his twenties and seeing their daughter. The judge said "NO" to the restraining order. The teen became pregnant. The man was a bad influence. Last Spring,Judge Kessler wisely prohibited the mother from seeing the guy. I understand she does not see the father and has no contact with him. According to the grandparents, the judge who denied the restraining order (not Kessler) is the same judge who just sent Lisa's case back to the juvenile court for termination. This case has some really creepy twists.
Who knows. Maybe there wouldn't be a little Lisa if the restraining order had been granted.
(I will be looking into this issue further. I am sure the judge had some legal reason for not complying. I know that it is relatively easy to get a restraining order for domestic violence, for instance. But I want to see what may have happened in this case. The fee can even be waived if a person does not have money for the fee. More on this later.)
In any event, the father is out of the picture. He has a state paid attorney representing his interests at all of the hearings. But, because he does not talk with his attorney...the attorney can not say anything in court. So, absent his client, the attorney sits in court, saying nothing, and doing nothing, helping no one...and we are paying for it.
This whole thing is quite the money maker....for a WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE. Counselors, judges, attorneys (for the CASA, the state, the father and the mother), two day care facilities, foster woman, social worker, court reporter, the support systems for the agencies and the support system for the CASA...even the guy who sells the gasoline to the social worker who runs around all day...makes money off of this travesty. Heck, DSHS is bigger than Boeing to our economy.The only ones it costs...in terms of dollars...are the taxpayers and the grandparents. The grandparents have spent thousands trying to get standing in court, driving all over the two counties to help their daughter and granddaughter, missing work for their short visits, etc.
Two of my senate colleagues told me to tell the grandparents to sell their house if they wanted to get their granddaughter back. I said, "They have already spent all their money." One senator responded..."Then sell your house if you want to help them." These two senators have been trying for years to get accountability into this system. "Get a good lawyer and sell your house if you have to, to get the money." Maybe Michele Obama was thinking of DSHS/CPS when she said she had not been proud of America. This system is a racket!