Jo Jo’s permanency goal was changed to adoption today (from re-unification with bio parents). She has been in care for only 8 months, but bio mom has made it clear that she is not interested in parenting, so it wasn’t a very hard decision for the judge. All biological family members have stated that as long as she’s thriving where she is, they wish her to remain with me. The case will now proceed to a termination trial.
I honestly was very optimistic about today, but in foster care you just never know. Our caseworker pointed me out to the judge, and like last time she smiled at me and seemed very pleased to see me there. I walked out of the court room with tears in my eyes, because I am one big step closer to making legal what is already true: I’m her mommy and she’s my daughter.
This time court was not running behind and the room was not packed. Much different than the three-ring circus the court room was last time! I had to sit through two cases prior to Jo Jo’s. A GAL was reamed for not visiting one of the kids on his caseload, a caseworker (for a different agency) was reamed for being inconsistent, DHS was reamed for switching a child’s caseworker three times in three months. “Judge Judy” (not her name but she reminds me of her!) is always no-nonsense and tell-it-like-it-is, but today it wasn’t the bio parents getting chewed out, it was everyone else. Oh, except us. My agency and caseworker were great!
There is a review hearing in two weeks, and then onward. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to adopt by this summer???