Short version...CPS has decided Lilly will go with either the maternal grandparents or the paternal great-grandparents. The foster woman has been a sore loser...but that is another story. Her actions show she is not yet ready to parent. Read on for the full story.
Detailed version...In the first place, CPS had promised that if Lilly's teen mother agreed to terminate her parental rights then her child would be adopted by the grandparents. (It was a set-up. I believe they never intended that Lilly be adopted by her grandparents. Termination was just a way to "get the kid.")
After the termination CPS filed a bogus in home study lying about the grandparents and never relating any of the good things about this couple who raised Lilly since birth. There was never any accusation of abuse. CPS accused the grandparents of stealing a computer that was actually given to them by DSHS as they, themselves, were foster providers. There were other lies and many things they were NEVER given the chance to explain.
Based on this unfair and fallacious report...the child was taken. My God...even if they took the computer...is that reason to have their grandchild taken from them? Felons keep their kids all the time and these people were never convicted of anything...ever. In fact, they are wonderful members of their community and have several community awards. None of that was in the report. (Please see previous PRR.)
This child was taken based on the home study. This is a home study that is now being redone. It was so bad that it is being redone! So, in the meantime the department is placing Lilly with her paternal great-grandmother and she is being taught how to write her "new name". CPS has no intention of reading the second report!
I give the great-grandmother some credit. She, thankfully, rushed in as a relative wanting the child in order to keep the department from adopting her out. CPS was on a fast track to take Lilly. This action by the GGM put the breaks on the taking. (The department now moves very quickly to take and redistribute kids.)
There were two huge wrongs committed by the department:
1. Lying by saying that with termination the child would go to the grandparents, and
2. Taking the child based on the lies in a report. (They know it was a bad study and that is why they are doing another one.)
The department needs to do right by this family.
DSHS needs to return the child to her grandparents who raised her from birth and provided love and shelter and organic food. The grandparents don't have a lot of money but that is not a reason for taking children (or is it?).
Thankfully, while CPS was fast tracking the foster adopt... the wealthy paternal grand-mother entered the picture to keep the department from adopting Lilly out to an unmarried, 27 year-old foster woman who signed up to get a free child.
Probably thinking it would please me that the child would at least stay with family...CPS removed Lilly from the foster woman and placed her with the great-grandparents. The greats now want the child and can offer her love and all that money can buy.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO?
Rich Great-Grandma or Poor Grandparents...
Each would offer love and be devoted to the child. The department is looking at what is "best for the child." The child would be fine in either house. The department should be looking at what is the right thing to do by the law! They took a child without cause! That needs to be corrected and the only way that can happen is to give the child back.
At this point they are not considering how they stole this child from the grandparents and have no sense of remorse for the unfounded taking. The reason the child was taken from the grandparents in the first place was because of a "poor home study." Never, never was any abuse of any kind charged! The social worker made up terrible things about the grandparents, presumably so the child could be transferred to a pre-selected, 27 year-old, single, foster woman. THE RIGHT THING IS TO RETURN THE CHILD TO THE GRANDPARENTS.
If the great-grandparents love this child they will give some financial aide to her until the grandparents rebuild their finances. This is a tough economy. But money should never be a determining factor in placing kids. Especially since there was no reason to take Lilly in the first place!