Our sweet little boy's been very happy lately.
With good reason to.
We got great news about his future last week.
We had our monthly home visit with his caseworker and she very nonchalantly told me that she has turned in the Termination Paperwork.
Did you hear me people!?!?!
I'm pretty sure she thought I already knew based on the way she told me, but my jaw hit the floor and I'm pretty sure I was smiling as big as Big Fat Baby is!
She told me that after FOUR positive drug tests, no proof of income, and unsuitable living conditions she just feels that Gabriel is exactly where he needs to be.
And we couldn't agree more.
So what exactly does this mean?
We go back to court on May 6th to extend DFACS custody another 6 months. This is routine and required since the 12 month custody order will be expiring in June.
We will be going to that hearing and technically the Judge could grant termination at that hearing, but it's unlikely since the paperwork was just turned in.
What we're really waiting for is a Termination Hearing Date.
That could be anywhere from next week to 4 months from now. Just depends on the court docket.
At that hearing, the entire case will be rehashed.
And based on where the case stands now, we will get termination!
Of course, there is still a chance that the Judge could decide Baby Mama needs more time, but I'm confident that won't happen.
We have been assigned a CASA Worker (a person who will advocate soley on Gabe's behalf in court), but we haven't heard from them yet. I'm giving it another week before I contact them.
They will pull a lot of weight in court and I am SO happy that he is getting this service!
After Termination is granted, Baby Mama's rights are totally, completely, 100% severed.
She has 30 days to appeal the court's decision, which is very unlikely.
After that time is up, we will get the adoption paperwork written up and wait for an Adoption Hearing.
Then, this whole ordeal will be over.
Gabe will be Gabe.
And that's a real reason to be happy!
We still covet your prayers.
May 6th will be a big day and we are also praying that we are granted a Termination Hearing very, very soon.