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2018-02-07 09:42:59 PM  
Good for them!
 
2018-02-08 02:25:37 AM  
Cool.
But some nasty part of my personality is suspicious of this arrangement.
 
2018-02-08 02:57:39 AM  

sithon: Cool.
But some nasty part of my personality is suspicious of this arrangement.


No, it happens. My wife and I are doing the same for our (troubled child / ok Mom) niece. Sometimes kids need someone different or different structure to thrive.

//16-18 and the niece just got her driver's license, and graduates HS in 6 months.
///was a whole year and a half behind and in and out of Juvie before
 
2018-02-08 02:58:17 AM  

sithon: Cool.
But some nasty part of my personality is suspicious of this arrangement.


Who do you think he is ? Ted Nugent ?
 
2018-02-08 02:58:20 AM  
October isn't really "near the end of a two year journey" as a teacher... But when you teach in one of those schools, October can feel like a long time has passed already...
 
2018-02-08 03:04:56 AM  

sithon: Cool.
But some nasty part of my personality is suspicious of this arrangement.


I forgot to mention: The Court Investigator is Quite Thorough talking to Everyone. The kid gets "the number for the Red Phone" as well. As for paper, Guardianship is 29 pages (Adoption is 30 pages, one more page), and the Guardian has to Pay the Court Fees.

Guardianship is only awarded after Mom, Dad, Grandma, Other Grandma, Grandpa, Other Grandpa sign off on it under Notarized Signature (originals required to be literally delivered to the Court). And that is if you are the Aunt/Uncle. It legally is called "Temporary Guardianship" because it expires at 18 years of age (but you can still Insure until 26 under IRS rules).

Guardship can be filed directly by the parties in Probate Court (if you can file your own taxes, you can handle the paperwork).

Otherwise, Attorney retainers (in CA) are about $5k for Guardianship.

//Information provided to help folks to give back if you feel this applies to you
 
2018-02-08 03:28:05 AM  
omg... I read the comments... I READ THE COMMENTS!!!!
 
2018-02-08 04:00:58 AM  

nemisonic: sithon: Cool.
But some nasty part of my personality is suspicious of this arrangement.

I forgot to mention: The Court Investigator is Quite Thorough talking to Everyone. The kid gets "the number for the Red Phone" as well. As for paper, Guardianship is 29 pages (Adoption is 30 pages, one more page), and the Guardian has to Pay the Court Fees.

Guardianship is only awarded after Mom, Dad, Grandma, Other Grandma, Grandpa, Other Grandpa sign off on it under Notarized Signature (originals required to be literally delivered to the Court). And that is if you are the Aunt/Uncle. It legally is called "Temporary Guardianship" because it expires at 18 years of age (but you can still Insure until 26 under IRS rules).

Guardship can be filed directly by the parties in Probate Court (if you can file your own taxes, you can handle the paperwork).

Otherwise, Attorney retainers (in CA) are about $5k for Guardianship.

//Information provided to help folks to give back if you feel this applies to you


That was a bit disjointed...

So, it didn't cost me $5k, it was about $200 to file the paperwork as a non-relative.  The parents didn't even bother to show up for court, despite me making every effort to get them notified of the hearing.  And no, not being sly,  not farking around, I tried, they're shiatbags.

The state paid for the guardian ad litem, DCS paid for my background check.  The paperwork on my part was about 2 pages.

I have no idea what the "red phone" or any of the rest of that shiat up there is.  But once grandma died, nobody else was gonna take over, the judge was good with me getting the kid through school, and I didn't even have to pull any strings or mention that her boss was a friend (because I was trying to solve a problem, not trigger a recusal).

So, an hour in the courthouse, 10 minutes in court, and I had custody of a kid that showed up on my porch one day.

We're still negotiating his college education (he's going, I may have to bully a bit), but he's graduated high school and is employed.
 
2018-02-08 05:19:27 AM  

sithon: Cool.
But some nasty part of my personality is suspicious of this arrangement.


It might be the lady's psycho stare in those photos...
=Smidge=
 
2018-02-08 05:23:36 AM  

wolfemane: omg... I read the comments... I READ THE COMMENTS!!!!


*Slides over a pint of Rum*

There you go, it's all better now.
 
2018-02-08 05:37:53 AM  
I'm sure biological mom will want back in, once the kids go to college, get good jobs, and have nice things.

Aside from that cynicism, I think this is a cool story.
 
2018-02-08 06:42:31 AM  
This has all the makings of a sitcom.
 
2018-02-08 06:44:29 AM  
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2018-02-08 06:58:06 AM  
*Thumbs up* Good news story all around.

That said, anyone planning to go into teaching: there are way better ways to do it than the "Teach For America" program she went through. I know the program has its defenders, and to be clear, it can work out well. But in the long run, it's a way of cycling cheap, inexperienced teachers through impoverished areas, which pretty much assures impoverished areas will always have cheaper, less experienced teachers, many (and in some places, most) of whose colleagues are also newbies. So what's billed as this great philanthropic opportunity is often in reality a cost-saving device where the teachers are perpetually disposable. (Disclaimer: this changes wildly from school to school and district to district, depending on how much or little the admins or other persons in charge actually care about improving their schools.)

At the very least, research it and don't go in blind to criticisms of the program if you decide go that route, and research alternative paths to see what's right for you.
 
2018-02-08 09:52:10 AM  
I hereby bestow the Patriotic American Award

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2018-02-08 10:03:48 AM  

H31N0US: I'm sure biological mom will want back in, once the kids go to college, get good jobs, and have nice things.

Aside from that cynicism, I think this is a cool story.


That part was a bit of a downer. You'd think a mother would have to be in a real bad spot to just ask someone to take both her kids.
 
2018-02-08 10:06:32 AM  

H31N0US: I'm sure biological mom will want back in, once the kids go to college, get good jobs, and have nice things.

Aside from that cynicism, I think this is a cool story.


I was just hoping that the birth mom will be able to improve her situation, now that the stress of being a mother to a difficult child in addition to losing a husband and a daughter (if I read the article correctly) has been lifted. And all of this in addition to being dirt poor and possibly having no education. I really hope she is also able to see a brighter future because of this.
 
2018-02-08 11:58:01 AM  
Jerome "has not gotten any suspensions or anything, which is a huge improvement from life in Louisiana," Haley said.

Well, now that your not their teacher...
 
2018-02-08 12:00:01 PM  
You mean instead of automatically labeling him a criminal she saw him as a person whose behavior was caused by issues beyond his control and she did something to help him instead of calling the cops and having him cuffed?

Huh.
 
2018-02-08 12:40:07 PM  
If a kid calls his grandma "Mommy" and his mama "Pam", he's going to jail! -Chris Rock
 
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