As you may have gathered from yesterday’s post, there has been much going on in the background about which I have not written. Every step on the rungs of progress has its own costs, whether financial, physical, psychic, etc. And because we are so often fighting such pure, unmitigated evil, those costs can be high.
Today I am experiencing disappointment that we have failed to get the state of Texas to assert jurisdiction in the child custody case involving the toddler who was possibly abused sexually by a member of the father’s family who is a registered sex offender in Virginia for offenses against a minor. Most of my day yesterday was consumed by the unhappy task of making travel arrangements for the child and her mother to return from the health and safety of Texas to Virginia, where a judge is insisting that Virginia’s Child Protection Services will take the lead in an investigation. They left here this morning.
Because the father has an outstanding arrest warrant in Texas and faces at least six months in jail here if he returns for child visitation, he will likely insist that the mother remain in Virginia where she has no job, home, family, and only a limited support network, just so he can continue to exert his overbearing influence on her and on his daughter. A court hearing to decide that question will take place in September.
In the meantime, The Redemption Project will continue its wide ranging investigation into the father and his entire family. I will be reporting our findings here so you can judge for yourself whether the welfare of the child is the court’s priority, or if the “parental rights” of an unmarried and allegedly drug-addled, alcoholic, and abusive father should supersede common decency and Natural Law.
We will all be learning together.
This type of case is admittedly outside the defined mission of The Redemption Project. Had I not seen for myself what a good, loving, patient, and creative parent the mother is, I should never have agreed to become involved.
However, because so many of the factors in this case are present in the family dysfunction leading up to parricides, and because the little girl has taken a place in my heart, it seems to be a God-sent opportunity to prevent future problems and learn about the functioning of the Family Courts in the process.
I hope you will please consider helping with this case when I ask for your help.
Groove of the Day
(Kelly, this song is for you as you travel. It is a 7-string fretless Indian guitar meditation, with atmospheric percussion, for healing from pain and suffering.)