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THE BEGINNING OF THE END?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 2, 2013) — The Post & Email can exclusively report that Erica Henderson, the mother of eight children who were taken away and placed in various foster homes for nearly three years despite no sign of abuse or neglect, has been granted unsupervised visitation effective November 1.
An observer at a court hearing on Friday told The Post & Email that Judge Marguerite Downing appeared pleased that Mrs. Henderson has decided to “take a different path” from her husband, Jeffrey, who is leaving Los Angeles soon for Alabama to attend law school on the East Coast. The observer believes that Erica was “rewarded” with the granting of the unmonitored visits.
Following the hearing, Erica was able to visit with her daughter, who provided testimony. A visit with all of the children is reportedly scheduled for Sunday.
Profiles of six of the eight children have been posted on the “California Kids Connection” website as available for adoption as of this writing.
Anyone wishing to assist Mrs. Henderson financially as she moves forward can do so here.
We have also been informed that on Wednesday, November 6, a hearing will be held to determine whether or not the youngest child, an infant girl, can be returned to Mrs. Henderson.
Previous coverage of the Henderson family can be found here. The children were taken by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) after the parents were falsely jailed in May 2011 following a report of abuse which was never substantiated.
The family was close to reunification last spring after two overnight visits appeared to go well, but a report that Jeffrey Henderson possessed a gun was investigated. Downing declared the claim invalid on Friday but cited Henderson for no longer being in counseling.