Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sigh...

It's normal to have to call around to the social workers and lawyers to see if they know about the trial, right?

Thankfully they all acted like they knew.

But, the social worker called in sick today...so if she is sick tomorrow I don't know who is coming in her place. I talked to her supervisor and at least she has put two and two together now and knows if the social worker can't come she needs to have someone else come.


From what I hear this may be an all day thing (her lawyer said probably just one day though) and it will go much quicker if the bios/legals don't show up. I don't think mom plans on attending and will be very interested to see if legal dad does...

7 comments:

Carol said...

OK This is far out. Never had to call an attorney or case worker to be sure they show up for a hearing. It wouldn't take them not showing up very may times and they would have no job.

Full day--I've never seen or heard of that either. WOW is all that I can say.

Our Journey said...

I heard that it totally depends on the case and who shows up. I think one day at the most. What time is court...we are praying for you! Our hearing for Baby starts at 9:30.

Little Man's CM came by today and I asked exactly what was happening at court on the 30th and his response was a panicked "we have court on the 30th??" Sheesh!

StarfishMom said...

It's out of your hands!!! Praying for PEACE for you Mama!! xoxo

ashley said...

Wow! I cannot wait to hear how it goes! So they're not planning to appeal or anything? I know you've had her for 19 months, but all of a sudden I'm just flabberghasted that we don't think mom's going to go!...however, that in itself speaks volumns as to why her kid is in care in the first place. Does Lizzy have to be there? (It frustrates me, but our judge insists on kids in the courtroom...of course I've not been through TPR with him yet so I don't know about that...)

La Mama Loca said...

I would think the supervisor would make the CW show even if she is sick. This is not the time to be out.

As for our cases, only the younger two went through the normal process...and we ended up going through it twice. The first time it was a 2.5 day process and they were about 3 weeks apart. After the half day, it was pretty clear that DCS didn't have sufficient, documented evidence for TPR....despite bio mom being MIA for 10 months of the case. 2nd go around, it was less than 1 hr as bio mom signed consents and bio dad was a no show, hadn't responded to any correspondance in over a year.

Will be praying for the case and that it is all done tomorrow!

Are you going to be testifying? We did at the first round...it wasn't horrible...and it was pretty evident that I was the only one who had kept ANY documentation of the goings on in the case for the 2 years it had been at that point. After 3 1/2 years, we had adoption done!

Turtle Mom said...

In our state, every case manager who has ever touched the case is required to be at the TPR hearing as they testify about their part of the case. Our first TPR hearing is an initial hearing to prove that the parents were adequately served with notice of the hearing and to advise the parents of their legal rights. If parents do not show and there is legal service on them, then DCS and CASA present their case in an amended version and the whole hearing takes about 30 minutes. If parents show up, they are entitled to have legal representation appointed on their behalf. If that is done the case is set over for a Fact Finding hearing on another date. Things always go smoother when the parents do not show up! Our state requires children 14 and over to testify about whether or not they want to be adopted. The younger children are never allowed in the TPR hearings. I have been in Fact Finding Hearings that have taken an hour, a half day, a whole day, and I even was involved with a particularly nasty case where both parents were fighting the TPR and had excellent attorneys that took 5 full days over the course of several months. Good luck! You and Lizzy will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Stacey said...

Can't wait to hear how things went today! I'll check back later on!