The first case I worked on when starting this job was with Blue. She is a mom with mental health (personality disorders) issues and three kids. I was not the social worker for the case, I just started out helping out with visits, etc. Well, my coworker that had the case transferred and because I knew the case the best, I inherited the case. The other worker had the oldest child move with his dad out of state and the middle child live with father in town. So I have stepped in as we have been trying to figure out permanency for the youngest (now 18 months).
We had been trying with great effort to figure out if this little guy could live with relatives. There were some great logistical issues we were contending with adn just when it seemed that we had figured out a plan, the father backed out and stated that he (and his family) would be unable to take him.
We (me, the CASA, my supervisor, previous workers, and the courts) do not see Blue as a viable option for this little guy, so I am now charged with finding him a home. At the end of the week and this weekend, I have been reading home studies of families that are interested in fostering, then adopting kids. A home study is a lengthy document written by a social worker that makes sure that a family is suitable to foster or adopt kids. I am reading about 20 that have been sent to me in search of one that I think will be a good match. I am currently narrowing it down and then will ask for some assistance from my coworkers to pick a family.
How crazy is that?!? I am making huge life-changing decisions for a number of people here. I am taking comfort in knowing that this kid will probably do well in whatever home he goes to. But it still is a little strange and I don’t know if it will really sink in until I meet with some families or transition him to his new home.
And then, of course, is Blue. In court on Tuesday, it will become official that we are changing the permanent plan to adoption. And I will need to make a referral to my attorney’s office file a petition to terminate her rights (dad is willing to relinquish). I imagine that she will be very upset and will fight the termination very hard. I am not looking for a lengthy trial.