Now, while I would never wish that a mother (or father) would lose rights to their child - - - in this case it really is the right thing to do. I won't get into details for obvious reasons, but with her history over the last 9 years and 3 kids, and the "trouble" she has gotten into in the last 14 months - it really is the best for Lil J.
But, today is the day that they announced in court last month that the "Request to Terminate Parental Rights" would be submitted. It does not mean that they WILL be terminated, it is just the request. The caseworkers and lawyers submit detailed records of the reasons for removal and everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) that has happened, and has NOT happened the past 14 months. Basically, a report that details the reasons WHY rights should be terminated.
I even got confirmation last week from our adoption case worker that the request has been drafted and finalized and it was just a matter of sending it to the court.
It does not mean much, but it is a step in the direction of adoption by us.
The county where the case is has a long backlog of trials, court hearings, etc - so it could be MONTHS before we get a termination trial date. After the rights are terminated, Lil J would be available for adoption.
The caseworker had said something about the fact that once he is available for adoption, it is no longer under a certain county. And, I can request that the adoption take place in another county. Well, we do not live in the county where the case it, so we might do just that.
The case is in a very populated county, so it does not surprise me that they are backlogged. The county that we live in is farmland / rural. So, the caseload may not be too bad. I guess we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
So, just wanted to give an update