It has been made very clear to me by several different professionals that the only way we can get the State to act in the best interests of Dude and Dolly is for my husband and I to legally intervene in their case.
This can be done without a lawyer. However, I know very little about the actualities of the legal system and I am far from comfortable representing myself when it comes to terminating the parental rights of another set of parents.
We have to hire a lawyer.
From there, our lawyer will file a petition to intervene. ALL the case documents have to be made available to us and to our lawyer. Our lawyer is to then build a case in favor of termination with the permanency plan being that we should adopt the cherubs. We will become a legal option for permanency that the judge can consider when he rules. If CPS "cooperates", it could go quite quickly. They have grounds to terminate. In fact, I'm puzzled why it's never been brought to the table!
But this process is not an easy one. Lawyers are expensive. It could be quite time consuming if CPS wants to continue to fight for placing the cherubs with Grandma.
I need help.
Like I said yesterday, I need your prayers the most.
However, several people have contacted me both on the blog and in real life to offer me financial assistance in our fight. With the help of some of my friends, a fundraiser has been started.
That bear up in the tree is Dude.
The one on the ground looking up is Dolly.
And then there is me...protecting them both.
This is actually a 1000 piece puzzle. For every $5 raised, our family will be able to put a piece of this puzzle together. Anyone that donates will have their name written on the back of "their" puzzle piece. When it's all finished, our family will have a keepsake that we can frame and hang forever reminding us of all the love and support we received during our fight to protect these cherubs. As I was told just this past Monday by a friend, there are a lot of Mamma Bears out there praying for my cherubs. And since prayers were answered Monday in court, we're stepping out in faith with what we believe we must do next.
A donation button is up in the corner of this blog. Monies raised aren't coming directly to me. Tammy at I Must Be Trippin' is the one that stayed up late last night taking care of this. We "met" each other online what seems like ages ago AND I had the pleasure of meeting her in real life just a month ago when I went with her (and some other terrific foster mammas) to a mom's retreat in Tyler, Texas. Tammy is A.W.E.S.O.M.E!! When I expressed how overwhelmed I am with this whole turn of events (coupled along with some serious health issues and hospitalizations affecting both my father and my father-in-law) Tammy said, "Don't worry about a thing." She set up the PayPal account and is going to manage the funds that come in. As our family needs money toward the lawyer, we will be able to draw from the account she set up.
The puzzle is being shipped to my house. I'll keep everyone updated with our progress with pictures as often as I can. We'll put together the puzzle together piece by piece as donations come in.
I thank you again for your prayers. If you feel so inclined to help my family in the financial battle that we face, thank you for that as well.