The Stuths now have their beautiful little granddaughter. For the Stuths it has been an 18 month nightmare, but today it was a dream.
There was some divine intervention here and I want to acknowledge that. On Tuesday the state argued that the child was bonded to the foster woman and there should be a termination and the child placed with her. I have been trying to point out to the state for months that the foster woman was a very poor risk at best. But, the state felt differently. (They have no real standards.)
Yet, for all their efforts to place with the foster woman...Tuesday night the toddler was taken away, permanently, from her. She had shown up at a local hospital and they called in a complaint. Thank God there are some honest people. The complaint was against the foster woman. Apparently, she showed some "symptoms" of --------- (you fill in the blanks), that was enough to have her reported immediately and caused her to lose the children and her license. So much for the judgement of CPS.
The attorney for the little girl's mother did not know about this. The whole thing came to the attention of the court by way of a slip up of the new CASA.
If the foster woman had not gone to a hospital....The Stuths would not have this child! If the CASA had not let the cat out of the bag...the Stuths would not have this child. The state had no place but the Stuths to turn to when the emergency foster care (48 hours) was up. They were last on the list but the only ones on the list. The state did feel, finally, that the toddler had seen too many people and should go to the Stuths even though there was "not much of a bond." (Check out the video to see if YOU think there was a bond) The little girl obviously remembers and loves her grandparents!!! You would not have believed that based on the state's testimony.
It was an act of God that that foster person blew it. It was an act of God that the CASA "blew" it.
I have been left with a terrible knowledge of the power of unrestrained government.
And, judge, please understand that I represent a different branch of government. And, that I believe open government makes better government. In my mind the Stuth Case will be used as the low watermark in an example of how the system works. If it weren't for the light of day that was shown on this case...and the incredible sense of bad timing for the foster woman....things would have been very different.
God must have a wonderful future in mind for a very special little girl.