Today we are representing a survivor who we believe was pressured into allowing temporary guardianship for her baby. Six years later she still has not been reunited with her child. After years of delays the trial court gave permanent guardianship to the child’s grandparents and would not give an explanation for this decision.
FVAP believes the trial court used the wrong criteria and stale evidence to make its order and should have explained decision.
FVAP asked state and national organizations to write a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief on the impact of trauma, the ability of survivors to heal, and the failure of courts to take these issues into account appropriately when making their decisions. Our co-counsel at Mayer Brown will be arguing on our client’s behalf at approximately 4pm this afternoon.