I signed a permanent guardianship order for my youngest daughter at a jdr in August 2018 under the impression that I

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Customer: I signed a permanent guardianship order for my youngest daughter at a jdr in August 2018 under the impression that I would be able to gain visitation back with her under supervision and after completing 3 week treatment program in March of 2018 which was asked of me. My visitation had been put on standby in Oct 2017 due to my refusal to leave my abusive ex after he threatened to kidnap her when he came to my visit unannounced and made these threats. I was also battling a drug addiction. I signed her permanent guardianship order because I was still struggling to maintain sobriety for a solid amount of time and because she was in the care of my aunt and uncle and adoption had been discussed. Signing this I had been promised yearly pics of her and access would be at the discretion of the cfs worker whom had led me to believe that she would allow me to have supervised visits again if I could remain sober for a good amount of time and stop getting arrested for physical violence with my bf at the time. I went left my bf and again went to treatment in Dec 2018 for 4 weeks and finished this program. The adoption had been started by this time. I was never given a pic of her or able to discuss visits with her again and I have not been able to see her talk to her or otherwise since October 2017. I have been in contact with the multiple cfs workers that have been on her case since then and have been assured that the adoption is ongoing. Is this normal?What options do I have for access?
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I know your question is important to you and I will be giving it the time and attention it deserves.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

I don't know what you mean when you ask if this is normal. You haven't seen the child in four years and she became a permanent ward of the government and now is either adopted already or is about to be adopted so I'm not sure what you're asking me.

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she has been a permanent ward of the government since August 2018 and an adoption has been ongoing since shortly after that. I was under the impression that an adoption would be finalized long ago and therefore it would be my family's decision about visitation with my daughter. as it stands I have not been allowed visitation or pictures or anything as promised since August her second birthday in May of 2018. I was recently informed that as it has been so long that I should be able to apply for access again to my daughter before the adoption is complete. Im just wondering what options I have at present moment to see my daughter.
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Well I can't know all of the details but if your child hasn't seen you in 3 1/2 years sadly it sounds like you would be a stranger to her and it may be very hard for you to prove to the court that is in her best interest for you to re-enter her life. She has been living in a home where she thinks that is her family so I don't think it matters so much about whether the adoption has been completed or not but it's really about your child's best interest.

Why don't you retain a family lawyer that specializes in child protection proceedings and see what they advise you can do if anything?

Does that make sense?

Please do not hesitate to ask any follow up questions related to this response and know that I will respond as soon as I can.

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Is there anything more I can help you with before I mark this question as complete?

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Thank you for trusting us to help you here at JustAnswer.   If you need more clarification or have a follow-up question just reply and we can continue our dialogue. If you would like to ask me new questions please start a new post and if you do if you say “This is only for Debra” I will be sure to give your post top priority.

Thank you very much!

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Debra

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