I wrote a letter to the director of difficult child's facility asking about coordinating difficult child's release date and the possibility of him being released early. She just called and had me on speakerphone. Shee said she had just gotten the letter (she responded very quickly and was very nice). Anyway, she's starting the process to get special approval from Department of Juvenile Justice higher-ups and said she "felt very favorable" that difficult child should and would be released early and that she thought Jan. was doable given the circumstances. She asked about the job and agreed that a military environment might be a great thing for difficult child and help him stay on a good track. We agreed not to tell difficult child yet so he wouldn't have more to worry about being up in the air- he will be so surprised if this all comes thru! It will make his Christmas, that's for sure. But here's another great thing that I had wished but never mentioned because I didn't think it was possible- The director recommended that difficult child get a "direct release" instead of going on parole!! She said many parentss have lost their jobs trying to do what probation and parole officers require and after what I've been through and given how well difficult child has done, and the interstate requirements of us moving to HI, she thinks it would be best for us not to have this. I said I agree because of the stress of it all before contributing to difficult child's escalation of problems last year, but I said I did not think I could get it changed. I told her I thought it would take the recommendation from them to the parole officer, then him getting that signed off by the judge (it was the judge that ordered parole after incarceration). She said she was going to call the person in charge of our district's parole officers right now and see about getting the requirement changed so difficult child will not be on parole when released- WE WILL BE DONE!!!! OMG- nothing would make me happier! This kid better never get in trouble legally again! LOL! If this happens, he really will have a new chance at a new life with all this behind us. Not that I don't recognize that he's probably not "cured" from being a difficult child, but we could go back to "normal" issues with a therapist and so forth, not court orders and threats and probation/parole requirements. I really could ease up on some things as long as he does his part. I am so excited! I don't know if this should be on General instead of here- I can't even think straight right now! Let's just hope no one has to get the GAL involved- she'll try to undermine the whole thing.