Tuesday, Daddy talked with your caseworker and the assistant director of the office managing your case.
They said that during the hearing, we’ll all have an opportunity to talk with the judge. I’ve seen his picture online. He looks like a kind man.
This is a new judge, in a new jurisdiction, because you and your birth mother have both moved from where you were born. This new judge will make all the decisions from now on, from your placement with us, to your final adoption, so Mommy and I want to make a good impression on the judge.
Our lawyer will be there . . . he’s a really good talker, and he already knows the judge, so we hope he’ll make a really good impression for us.
The family of the birth mother will also speak to the judge – we expect them to explain how important it is that you come be with us as soon as possible. They also have a lawyer, although we have no idea what he will say.
(YOU, too, have a lawyer. Everyone has a lawyer.)
Your caseworker and the assistant director will also talk with the judge, and we think the judge will be particularly interested when they try to explain why it’s taken nearly four months for nearly nothing to happen.
When it’s our turn to talk, we’ll share with the judge how much we love you and miss you and want you to be with us right away. We’ll tell him about your pretty room and all of your pretty clothes, and how we plan to adopt you sometime in the next year, when he says we can.
The family taking care of you has temporary custody . . . it’s still the emergency custody from when you were born four months ago. No one has permanent custody of you – we’re trying to get permanent custody, and we pray the judge will give us permanent custody as quickly as he can.
And, you’ll be there, too, because we’re all going to court. We’ll get to see you, and hold you and talk to you while everyone in the courtroom will see you and talk about you.
And you have no idea how important you are.