We speak. They listen. They act.
Our foster agency is in a word, awesome.
One of the short term carers spoke with her support worker about issues some of us have been discussing on facebook (closed group) and, ta dah. They organised a support group for short term carers with placements going GOM18 (long term).
It was a lovely session. Carers and some of the support workers together, on a Saturday, yes they do have support groups on weekends so those who work can also come along, chatting about the issues we want to chat about.
For MM and I, we went along because “Jade’s” case is due to go to court next month.
We had questions and we got answers.
Can we go to court to see how it works?
No. Unless you are invited by the social worker, only birth family can attend.
How can we let the court know our thoughts on “Jade” being removed from us to be placed with strangers?
You can petition the court, it gets attached to the file and then it’s up to the judge if they read it or not (yes, seriously they can choose not to read it). The petition doesn’t have to go through the social worker, we can just send it in, so I don’t need her permission to have our say.
What other things can we do?
You can make a report to CARL (Child Abuse Report Line) if you think she could be in danger, or even to state that you think it would be detrimental to her to be removed.
You can contact the Guardianship Office and speak directly with them about the situation.
It was a lovely afternoon, but I feel we are in for a long next couple of months. Some of the other carers have had their cases adjourned many times which must be incredibly heart wrenching. For those carers, they are being considered for the long term care of their children, and they are just waiting for that official judgement to know the children will be staying with them.
For us, we want to be considered as the long term carers for “Jade” but at this stage there is a family friend that is being considered first, so for us, the court process will be heart wrenching because it may become the beginning of the end of our time with “Jade”.
MM is sitting beside me saying “But it might also be the beginning of the beginning of our long term placement”. Gotta love that man and his optimism! I am so blessed to have him.