Today we went to court in regard to the placement of our 9-month-old foster baby, Lil Bit. In December, he was placed with us as a legal-risk placement meaning that, at the time, there was no foreseeable family members for placement and the mother’s parental rights had been terminated with her previous 5 children.
As foster parents, we had “intervened” with the court in the placement of this baby with an aunt of the mother. You can read more of the details of the case on this post.
I have not been optimistic. Everyone seemed to be wanting this baby to go live with his great-aunt. In fact, when the Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) had visited last week, her last remark to me was: “he’s young, he’ll assimilate easily.”
Today was NOTHING what I expected. The baby’s case was called second on the docket.
The CPS case worker was called to the stand. She was asked how the mother was doing and she stated that she was currently working services. The baby’s ad litem attorney asked if CPS was still looking at placing the baby with his great-aunt and her reply was yes.
My attorney showed me a report from the CASA. He instructed me to look at the Recommendations on the last page. #3 stated: “The child should remain in his current placement.”
The judge then ruled that Lil Bit would remain in his current placement (WITH US)!
The next hearing is set for September.
Y’all have a great week!