A very honest social worker at the Department of Developmental Disabilities told me the purpose of this meeting is to get everyone in the same room to convince me that they'll give my family the moon and stars if I just agree not to abandon difficult child to the dept. of children's services. difficult child has been hospitalized three times in the last three months, we've had to rehome our pets due to multiple instances of him trying to suffocate them, and in the last couple of weeks, he runs out the door every time he's angry, sometimes staying gone 6-8 hours before the police find him. Last week I blocked the door so he couldn't leave, and he broke out a window and climbed out of it. Has anyone been to one of these meetings? Anyone have an experience with legally abandoning a child? I wrote up a 8 page document listing all hospitalizations, therapists, doctors, special programs we've tried over the years, hoping they'll see I've done everything I know to help my son, but that it boils down to the fact that you cannot teach someone to have empathy. You can only teach them how to fake it when it's convenient to them.