Time running out for grandma
The clock is running out on Lisa Butler’s fight to keep her grandchildren together.
A hearing in Knox County Juvenile Court April 3 will decide whether Butler’s seven grandkids will be put up for adoption. Butler doesn’t want the kids split up. She has filed to get full custody of the children, and is working on a case plan drafted by Knox County Children’s Services.
Adoption cases have a year in which to be completed, and Butler’s case is almost there. She has met all but two of the benchmarks in her case plan, but time is running out.
Anyone navigating a difficult adoption is likely to feel the court system is working against them. In Butler’s case, such feelings may be justified.
Her caseworker, a new employee on the job for less than a year, resigned after disciplinary issues were found with her work, issues that included difficulty in crafting case plans.