This one has been a GAL in this state, a prosecuting attny, and a criminal def attny. It's all I could line up on such short notice. Anyway, he didn't sound promising at all. He said it's all about LRE and I shot myself in the foot by using "my safety" as a means to push for services. Now, he does see that there is no reason they can't shorten a program or put difficult child in something else due to the fact that I had said all along that I would take my son home after a transitional period. But he can't do much about their decision to do otherwise. He says step 1 is to try to smooth things out with PO and show I have something in place to take care of my safety concerns. Well in reality, that's what I needed PO to write in the parole plan and those were the things he and I were discussing before he turned Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde on me and now doesn't want to hear anything I have to say at all. Step 2) Get attny to try to help smooth things over- if I hire him, it's $1000 flat fee. Step 3) request a court hearing to review difficult child's status and parole plan and argue that there are less restricted environments then what is ordered, no guarantee on winning, if I hire him it's an additional $1500 on top of the 1000, flat fee. And, difficult child basicly has no rights, he didn't really answer my question about my rights but said he'd seen cases where if the parent quit communicating with PO or abiding by POs requirements, the kid was taken to court for noncompliance even though it wasn't the kid and the kid gets more sanctions. The parent might not get much as far as serious fines or jail time but the show causes go on the record and make things stickier in the future, should there be more court cases. He did seem quite knowledgable about how some CSU people can be but says many parents have tried and can't really do much about it. I guess that explains how they can continue on their control trips and writing parole plans without even looking thru the file first. I'll be counting the days until my mid-Dec. appointment with the attny I saww before but she didn't have any openings until mid-Dec. I don't know that she can tell me worse than this and she doesn't charge as much and seemed to be a little more understanding of the parents' situation, when it's not a parent who's really doing nothing.