“Thank you so very much. I have recommended Advokids to numerous foster parents and all of them have had a similar experience to us. A true hand of consistency in a totally inconsistent journey of courts, family and social worker systems.”

Forrest was three days old when he was placed in foster care with Ebony. After seven months in her care, Forrest’s case was approaching permanency. The county was not recommending reunification and Ebony was ready to be his permanent, adoptive home. She called the Advokids Hotline because a relative who had declined placement early on in the case had changed her mind and came forward after reunification services had terminated. By then, Forrest was very attached to Ebony and thriving in his placement. Ebony had serious concerns about how changing Forrest’s placement would affect him, especially considering that he had no relationship with the relative in question. Additionally, there were safety concerns regarding the relative’s ability to maintain boundaries with Forrest’s biological parents. Ebony called Advokids in hopes of discovering how to ensure that Child and Family Services was considering Forrest’s best interests. She was also concerned about Forrest’s court appointed counsel and wanted to learn how to better communicate with his attorney. Advokids Hotline Staff informed Ebony on how to bring information to the court regarding the fact that relative placement preference no longer existed at this late stage of Forrest’s case and that it was in the child’s best interest to remain with Ebony. Now officially adopted, Forrest is three years old and is thriving in Ebony’s care.

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