holland posted at 08:54:35 PM on Jun 16, 2012:
And who's working over the mother?
I've got about ten minutes...
The biological mother is mentally ill and hates the son. But since the mother loves the daughter (about 12) the daughter is living with her. The mother is out of rehab, out of jail and out of the loony bin, but not out of meds (self-prescribed and otherwise). This is, by the way, all happening with the blessing of the judge and the child welfare folks and the mother's treatment team.
Mom's boyfriend is still a guest of the State. When he gets out no one knows what will happen next. Ponder that statement for a moment if you will.
The boy's biological father is in Florida and wants nothing to do with the boy or the situation. He refuses all communication with everyone, having found a new life or something.
The child welfare people and the mother's treatment team are waiting for the mother to return to normal reality, or stabilize, or something so that the boy can be returned to her. They don't like to break up families, you see.
The boy has other social, mental and health problems that I won't go into, but that are so significant that I really don't know just how he's going to pull out of this nose dive, but due to Shotgun Bob's efforts he is slowly getting better. For instance, he's learned that doing things you shouldn't will get your swimming pool privileges suspended for a week, and no amount of howling, cajoling or promising to be better will restore them. He likes swimming, so certain behaviors have not been repeated. He's also learned that it's possible to have a household where people do not scream profane insults and try to beat each other to death with a car aerial (mom's boyfriend) or a nine iron (mom), or have outstanding felony warrants or falsify symptoms for Vicodin or do other interesting things.
All I can tell for sure is that the boy just turned nine and has never really been raised up until now. So he's learning.