I realize that Judge Crabtree's ruling on Monday delivers some challenges to the foster family and the social worker managing this case. They must make arrangements for not two but three afternoon visits per week. That has been mandated by the Judge's order. The social worker must repeatedly arrange with medical professionals and with Baynes so parents can attend medical appointments and school activities. I theorize that neither foster family or case worker appreciates the additional scheduling hiccup. It's not convenient. You know where I am going with this don't you?
Shall we talk about convenience? It is not convenient that Paul and Zabeth have been deprived of their children either. It is not convenient that they forfeited their home to pay lawyers. It was not convenient that a concert pianist should have to sell her grand piano. It is not convenient that they must work night shifts in order to attend day time visits with their children. Of course it is not convenient but the Baynes have been willing to count these costs. Why? Not to gain custody so they can abuse their children? That is a preposterous assessment of risk.
There are many things about this case that are not convenient.
Judge Crabtree's ruling came down in favour of the Ministry's own guiding principle, not convenience but rather ' the best interests of the child.' It is in the best interests of these three children that they be permitted to spend more time and special time with their mommy and daddy. Convenience for those who must make it happen has nothing to do with these arrangements. Inconvenience must be accommodated in order to affect the best interests of these children.
So let's see what arrangements can be made for Father's Day. That's a special family day for most of us.