I haven't posted anything in quite a while because we were going through a particularly horrific period with all of this and it was difficult enough just keeping track of all of the court dates and details. Last I had posted, we were the impression that both of my stepson's parents were being accused of abandonment. Actually, it was only his father (my partner) that they were going after to try to force him to take his son back. In October, they dropped him off in our driveway and left, then tried legal threats, tried to force him to go through drug and alcohol treatment even though he has a legal prescription for medical marijuana and has never been accused by anyone of endangering his child for any reason just to have basic visitation with his child, etc. Even the attorney general wrote in an email that if we just agreed to take him back, all of these baseless threats would go away. Thankfully his assigned lawyer saw this for what it really was, and took them to trial over it. It is now settled, he is officially a ward of the state, and his father and I can have visitation with him at our (and his) discretion. It's still mindnumbing that they would even do this when it is beyond obvious that this child is a danger to himself and others. There was just no sympathy whatsoever, as long as they didn't have to do their job. Thank you so much to the other parents here we suggested we do a "parent report" to hand to the court during this process. The attorney was so glad that we had written up our observations and all of the interventions we had tried over the years to avoid getting to this place. I think it was a major part of what helped settle this whole issue, and has also been really useful to be able to hand to other people that are now involved in managing his care so that they understand the history of everything that has been tried. We also found out during all of this that he is additionally being charged with first-degree rape of a minor while in his mother's care. We didn't realize until we went to the initial court date for that that this little girl is three years old. I just started crying in court on that one. It's too much. He is now in a state facility that is specifically for kids that need a lot of treatment/services/supervision, at least for now. The state attorney that is prosecuting his four criminal charges at this point is not convinced that this facility is enough supervision for him (ironically), and I'm not convinced either. They say they have a high ratio of adults to children, and check on them at least every hour, but when I was there visiting for his birthday, it seemed far more like a chaotic dorm. He has gotten around every attempt at supervision anyone has ever tried, so I don't think they entirely understand what he is capable of and it scares me that he could hurt someone else. But, at least it is a step in the right direction.