The judge where we live at requires ALL children - no matter the age, to attend court. At least that is how it has been explained to me. In fact, I was told that he requires children that have been placed with relatives out of state to be flown back for court hearings.
However, I JUST got a phone call from CPS. Apparently the judge does not require sick children to attend court. And, despite the fact that I told the worker that Pumpkin isn't "sick", her seizure disorder qualifies her to not have to attend.
When asked if I needed anything, I just reiterated the fact that I'd like to have some of Pumpkin's things. She came to me with the clothes on her back. I realize it's a pain, but for the two hours that it would take a social worker to leave their office, drive to the home of the child, pick up a few things and then bring them to me...it really bothers me that it's not a priority. These kids are confused enough. To leave them completely empty handed bothers me. Granted, I know that many kids have very little to begin with. But what they do have is "theirs" and it should be important to get it to them as soon as possible.
I'm glad that Pumkin and I get to stay home today. Court would have been VERY confusing for her. It wouldn't be like a visit where she could actually spend some time with her mommy. I'm not sure if they'd even let them sit together. I have yet to get to attend a court hearing actually in front of a judge. (With our last placement we were taken to a back conference room so the girls wouldn't have to face the man and woman that had so horribly abused them.)
So, I called our agency to talk to our worker there. I asked that she talk to the lawyer and GAL about the possible physical abuse and the medical neglect. I sure hope that everyone communicates well about the actual situation at hand here. Thankfully my SW at our agency is terrific about relaying information to me quickly. I'm still going to be nervous all day until I hear what happens in front of the judge.