Today, Lilly's grandparents (who raised her until age 3 when she was taken) were granted their Motion to Intervene and now have standing in the case. They can be heard in court on all decisions relating to the child and they can petition the court for adoption. With standing they may also petition the court for other placement decisions, visitation, and other matters. They are officially a party to the case. (Cost for standing without my legislation: $25,000+)
The great-grandparents were also granted a Motion to Intervene. And, they will undoubtedly also petition for adoption as they have been encouraged by the department to do so. (Cost: $25,000+)
Today's round of applause:
Congratulations to the grandparents who have been lied about and thrown into a situation that never would have happened if the department had followed the law.
Congratulations to the great-grandparents without whose intervention Lilly would already have been adopted by the foster-adopt single woman on the waiting list for a blond three-year old girl. And, finally,
Congratulations to CPS without whose involvement a boat load of people would not have the billable hours to submit.
Note: This is the case where the young mother was told her daughter would be adopted by her parents if she terminated her parental rights. She did that. Then when the state moved in to give this toddler to the foster women the mother also petitioned to get the child back! That is on appeal. Least I forget,
Congratulations to the taxpayers who whether they know it or not paid for four attorneys at the mother's court hearing as on appeal she was entitled to a panel of attorneys.