Today was yet another day in Family Court (to get up to speed look at my last post under “adoption”). Our trial was supposed to begin at 9:30 but we didn’t even enter the court room until 10:45. The mother voluntarily relinquished her parental rights so this trial was too go over the bio-dad’s parental “fitness”. An hour and a half later the judge found under about (literally) five or six state statutes that the bio-dad was unfit to maintain his parental rights.
Instead of giving us sole custody the judge granted us joint custody with the Department of Social Services (DSS). However, DSS is no longer required to do home visits. Yea says our case worker, who has had this case for a bit over four years. Poor thing, it looked like both stacks of that case file weighed more than she did. lol Another ruling I found most interesting is that since the bio-mom was using drugs when was pregnant with our now 4 year old the judge orded the DSS to report that to the solicitor’s office. Additionally during these proceedings the judge found out that when the bio-mom was pregnant with the now 6 year old she was convicted of vehicular homicide for killing a pedestrian with her car. So our little girl was born in prison. That’s a great birth certificate! The judge also ordered that a check be made to see if she was, in fact, in violation of her parole (since she was using drugs just after being released from prison).
So any way as I understand it now each parent has 30 days to appeal the judges ruling. Oh! I forgot to mention, the bio-dad didn’t even show up for court today. But if you ask him… he loves his kids. Just don’t make him stop doing his drugs and beating up his wife.
I can’t believe that this case has taken so long. Has it occurred to any one else that puppies and kittens have more rights than little children?!