We went to court because sonics caseworker and me snd Sonic felt he no longer needed any guardian as he is doing so well on his own. I admit it gave me both joy and selfish sadness...he was my last kid I had any control over, although I didnt really exercise that control...his independence is important to me. We sat in court and we were the only people in that courtroom, plus caseworker and Sonics Guardian ad litem. The crowded rooms were filled up with those with criminal stuff. It felt odd to be just us. The same judge who had awarded me guardianship, with Sonics consent, when he was 18 entered the room and we all stood, then sat. It went very fast, everyone smiling, except me. I both smiled snd cried, full of pride, yet selfishly sad that now all my kids were on their own. The Judge glowed and told us that it was a unanamous decision and told Sonic that he should be proud...most people who are appointed guardians have them for life. I hadnt known that. I bawled snd hugged him (most autistics hate hugs but he tolerates them) and told everyone loudly that I am so proud, that he is so awesome, that he is my hero. Then I turned to him, kissed him, and said," You are a hero, champ." We all shook hands and I wiped my eyes. Sonic is on his own. I passed the payee mantel on to a public place too because he needs, in the end, to trust the community. And we will be traveling in our RV in winter starting 2018 so we cant do it anyway. So ends the story of a two year old cute baby boy we adopted who we were told had fetal alcohol syndrome (he does not) and who was born with crack in his system...turned into the incredibly capable, independent, beloved 24 year old winner he is today. He always tried so hard and has not yet reached his full potential. Mom is proud. I love him to the universe. Jumper has a new tatoo about Sonic being her hero. She was there too, seeing the progress, and is so proud. I just wanted to share this milestone with my board friends!!!