It didn't go well... in spite of the policeman from school showing up to testify FOR difficult child and offering to transport him to school each day this summer so he could do community service at school- which the principal had already agreed to- and in spite of the fact that the PO just asked for weekend detentions through the summer and the prosecuting attny only seemed to care that difficult child not have his case dismissed, but didn't push any specific punishment- the judge said she was almost about to commit difficult child to state dept. of corrections and put that on a suspension until he is 21, then ordered Post-D which is a 4-6 mo program, apparently, but has a waiting list of at least 2 mos so he is currently held in detention waiting on that, and she said after Post-D, he would go back on probation. There is a court date set for 30 days as a mandatory review (????) but that is a concern too because she didn't list any ruling for a couple of charges that were held over from last year, nor did she note them as being continued. Bad or good- we found out after court that he doesn't qualify for Post-D because he isn't 14yo yet and that is supposed to be a program for kids who have already had detention or some other punishment ordered, which he never has. The attny tried to put in an appeal, but they wouldn't accept it, saying that the case wasn't closed yet. He is worried about how to proceed since the judge might go ahead and turn difficult child over to the state. Then, I found out that someone was sending the Post-D supervisor to talk with difficult child to TRY to get him qualified for the program. It is not a place I want him and it seems they should be deciding something like that after talking to other people (GAL, me, PO, defense attny)- not just a 13 yo difficult child. But, last year the judge gave difficult child 5 mos detention and suspended it. She could possibly hold him in detention on that until he turns 14 yo (which would be a little longer than 5 mos), then send him to Post-D, then he would be held for over a year total. The only good thing- she is letting me check him out to go to psychiatrist and therapist appts.- at least right now. My computer is out at home- it's in the shop and apparently needs a new hard drive. I went someplace today to get online and stop in here and say "hello" and post this update. I guess it will be next week before I'm back on. Please know in the mean time that I really appreciate everyone's help this past year. The knowledge and support offered here has been our best advice and strength. Thank you all so much!!