Around two years ago these two little ones were taken from there mother, a mentally disturbed meth addict (how often those two things go together) and given to their paternal grandparents. The father had the same problems as the mother and we all breathed a sigh of relief when the two (a boy who's now 6 and a girl who's now 4) were safe with their grandma and grandpa.
The custody hearing has been in and out of the courts these past years.
We really didn't think they would be sent back after the social workers testified before the judge. A half dozen experts and social workers testified that the woman was a risk to the children and that their lives would be in danger if they were returned to her. The judge ordered new social workers to look into the case. This month they came back with the same findings. The children would be damaged if they were returned to their mother and would physically be in danger.
So we were all shocked last week when the judge came back and ordered them to be returned to their mother... on June 12th. He said that he could while he was fairly certain that the children would be damaged by returning to their mother, he could not say how they would be damaged... and that he would have to wait until they had been harmed to remove them from her custody.
By now the transfer has probably been made... and there mother, a violent addict who hears voices, has full custody of them.
Again we are hopeful that cooler heads will prevail. An appeals lawyer has taken the case and it will be heard 300 miles away by someone who doesn't have such serious problems... And we're praying that the children will be safe while they are in this dangerous situation. The courts move too slowly... and now one knows if they will be safe moment to moment...
Please pray for these two... I just can't imagine how their grandparents must be feeling right now... My heart breaks for them...