It has been quite a while since I’ve posted anything here. Things have been crazy busy and sometimes just crazy.
I started a new job back in June, which I love. It also pays a lot more than my last job. I’m back to making what I used to 5 years ago before the market went south, I got laid off, and had to take a 17K pay cut. The extra $$$ coming in, as well as what Lorraine brings in had make a huge difference. Not only have I got to the point where I’m not struggling to get from payday to payday, but we now have extra to get things we need but haven’t been able to. Not only that, but we’ve been able to get somethings we actually want as well!
The biggest thing that I have been dealing with is my son. I explained some of the issued he was having in an earlier post. Things just got worse from there.
Since then, things have just gotten worse. It was strongly recommended that he be placed on Boys Town, which has and excellent residential residential programs for kids like him. I’ve been working tirelessly since June to get him in there. There have been multiple visits to doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, as well an intervention by family crisis workers as well.
In August, after a psychological evaluation he was finally accepted to Boys Town. The problem is that, after what my insurance would pay, they would still need $5000 at admittance and then $400+ a day! For the minimum 6 month stay that would be $25,000! Needless to day, I don’t have anywhere near those resource. I figure I’d have to be making at least $200,000 a year to be able to afford that. If we were official poor, then medicaid and other government services would pay for it. It’s the old catch-22; not remotely rich enough and not poor.
I called the assistance county attorney who know Alex from his truancy issues. I explained the situation she recommend making him a dependent of the state. That became official three weeks ago. At that time, the state was ordered to gather all the evidence and make an official recommendation for a level of care. He was assigned a case worker from CPS and another from Nebraska Family Collaborative, a non-profit that are the ones responsible for making all the arrangements for getting him the court ordered level of care. The next court date was scheduled for the following week. Kelly, from Nebraska Family Collaborative, called me and told me that she would be at court for that date and that she’d have all the paperwork needed. He was also assigned a guardian ad litem who will represent his best interests in court.
At the next court date, Kelly was not there. There two people see sent in her place did not have any of the paper work needed. The judge was not happy with this at all and order another date as soon as possible. This was on a Thursday afternoon. I called and left messages for Kelly as well as three different supervisors at Nebraska Family Collaborative and never received a call back from any of them.
The next court date was schedule for this past Wednesday at 8:30am. This time Kelly was there and had the paperwork. The judge order that Alex be placed into Boys Town and that the state had until November 22nd on which date he would be removed from the home. If they can’t get him into Boys Town by that date then they must place him in a suitable temporary facility that provides the ordered level of care.
The level of care that the court determined that he needs is one in which he has 24×7 supervision and guidance, that will give him the psychological and behavioral therapy as well as medical needs that he requires.
I spoke to Kelly yesterday (after leaving numerous messages for two days). She said that Magellan denied to pay for the level of care that the court ordered. She said that her supervisors were working on it. I asked her about temporary facilities and she said that she had applied to several. I asked her what will happen if she can’t get him into any of these by Tuesday (this was on Friday). She said that she could try to find a foster home. This, plainly, is bullshit.
I will refuse to give up physical custody if they intend to put him in with a foster family. The whole point of this is that he be where he can get the level of care he needs. If I can’t provide that 24×7 level of care, how in the hell can a foster parent who doesn’t even know him?
I plan on contacting the county assistance attorney and let her know about the situation first thing Monday morning. If these people at Kelly’s organization can come up with something by Monday afternoon, I will insist on a hearing with the judge to allow me to keep Alex in my home until the state gets their shit together. I also will petition the court to order the state to get in into Boys Town within the week or ask that they be held in contempt. I am also going to call around to lawyers who handle cases like this and if I must, I will sure CPS and Nebraska Family Collaborative, for force them to pay to have him put into Boys Town. This is my son and I will not let anyone stand in the way of what is best for him.
On the bright side, Lorraine and I are engaged to be married! She and her some moved in with us in July. My kids really love her and she is just wonderful to them. She is such an honest, caring, and down to earth person. She is also intelligent, strong, and self-assured. In addition to that, she is an excellent cook and a talented crafter, making t-shirts, crocheting and other things like that. The wedding is scheduled for this coming May with a honeymoon in the Poconos.