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by Sharon Rondeau

Photo released by a friend of the Henderson family of the youngest child and his mother at their visit on Wednesday

(Mar. 1, 2013) — The Post & Email has just received word that “a very important development” in the case of the Henderson family has transpired and that a hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 5 in Pasadena, CA regarding their seven children, who have been in foster care for almost three years.

The development is a “TDM,” or Team Decision-Making” meeting, with one of the stated goals being to “reach a consensus.”

Mrs. Henderson has asked for “physical support” from those residing in the Southern California area who are able to come to the hearing.  The Hendersons attended a trial on February 21 which was left unfinished because several witnesses did not make their appearances as expected.  Whether or not the trial will be completed is now an open question.

The Hendersons enjoyed a two-hour visit on Wednesday, with all family members present. Mr. Henderson has said that the couple’s children are second in importance in their lives only to God.

Two women have filed papers to adopt the Hendersons’ two-and-a-half-year-old and also have custody of the infant, who is now 7½ months old.  Mrs. Henderson has not been able to nourish and nurture him since he was seized from her arms at the age of 5-6 weeks by DCFS social workers and police in front of the other children.

Judge Marguerite Downing had planned on making all of the children except the infant available for adoption in November, when her demeanor appeared to change as members of the public accompanied the Hendersons to court on two occasions.

A history of the case can be found here.

We will publish further details when they become available.

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