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UNMONITORED VISIT SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 5, 2013) — Erica Henderson reported the following earlier today following a case plan meeting with a DCFS social worker:
We have good news to report, but due to the sensitive nature of the upcoming court hearing on Friday (for those who are local please consider attending), we are keeping details to a minimum. The meeting today went well. We will be having our first unmonitored visit tomorrow night here at our home.
I am so excited to share all are news with our family here. You have helped make this happen and without you we would not be here. We love you!
Jeffrey Henderson indicated that the meeting was “moved at the last minute” from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Hendersons have been attempting to regain custody of their six elder children for almost three years and their infant, who was taken from them on August 31, 2012. The court failed to notify the parents of several hearings, and the documents issued ordering the taking of the baby were not processed properly. In December, the Hendersons filed a federal lawsuit against DCFS and other named defendants for the return of their youngest child.
For the past two months, the Henderson parents have been permitted to visit with all of their children with a DCFS-approved monitor on Wednesdays for two hours and Sundays for six hours, except that for several Wednesdays, the monitors were unavailable and the family friend who had volunteered for Sundays experienced a death in the family. It was our understanding that a visit occurred this past Sunday but that a monitor was needed for March 10. However, with the new information on Tuesday, that need might no longer exist.
This is a developing story.