Judicial review aka JR hearing in the dependency court system is suppose to happen no less than every six months. This hearing is to determine status & progress of the child(ren), to confirm compliance with the case plan -if one has been established. Ultimately, JR is to ensure safety of the child & maintain focus on #permanency.
The case worker & the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) reports must be served at least 72 hours before the hearing on all parties. Today I learned that a JR hearing can be postponed if a party to the case is not properly served with said reports.
This is bearable for foster parents with some understanding of the process. The delay is mostly non consequential for babies unaware of what's happening in court. But I can't imagine how each continuance can impact a sweet seven year old who knows the players on each side of the courtroom and awaits the outcome of her future.
I understand our circuit court is overburdened with cases and admit it is painfully overwhelming to sit in a courtroom listening to cases for over an hour (while I wait for our case to be called). I have to constantly remind myself that it is God who equips our family to do what He has called us to do. I am learning that we don't give him the balance of what we can not carry, but rather follow His lead on what He is showing us to do. It may sound simple, but it's not easy. I am still practicing trusting my Faithful God. Recognizing I can do nothing on my own is both freeing and incredibly humbling for a "doer" like myself.
If you serve in the child welfare system, "thank you!" Whether you are a therapist, a court laison, a bailiff, a case worker, an attorney, volunteer, judge, prisoner transportation officer, etc. thank you for your service. Please be encouraged that the details and diligence that you put into your calling makes the difference! Be encouraged that you are appreciated! Follow God's leading and do it heartily as to the Lord. Know that He equips you for that which he calls you and rest in His peace.