For the first time in this ongoing saga, we left court feeling pretty good and expecting good results. After all, we had just offered conclusive proof that SS had been neglected and abused as a toddler. In addition, SD and TW admitted to not abiding by the previous court order and admitted to having not made any attempt to connect with or financially support SS. SD was rude and snarky to the judge. TW refused to say anything other than blubber something to the effect of “why can’t we all just get along”. (Maybe because you are still doing drugs, have consistently refused to follow any of the court orders, and have not as much as called SS in four years!)
So we had plenty of reason to believe that the judge would finally do right by SS. They had admitted to failure to support and abandonment. We had proved neglect and abuse. The judge would almost certainly advise proceeding with a new Termination of Parental Rights trial, wouldn’t she?
NOPE! All the judge did was continue her previous orders which still allow phone contact (which SS can still refuse) and still allows a great deal of wiggle room for them to continue to harass us, SS and SS’s therapist.
I am so pissed! I am sick and tired of us being dragged to court only for SD and TW to be given more chances to harm SS. Sure, they aren’t able to harm her physically anymore, but the psychological and emotional anguish is just as bad if not worse!