By the time all of the evaluations are in place and the case is heard by the court, considerable damage has been done to the child. It is an irony that the very people we turn to for help in such a difficult situation can often be those who most contribute to allowing the on-going abuse and neglect of the child to continue.
Sam is living his nightmare. Time with Zack has been, and will likely to continue to be, completely lost. Sam continues to go to Missy’s to pick up Zack according to the original summer schedule. Each time, contact is denied and Sam files a police report. The police take no action. Sam did finally receive a court date, but it’s in mid-August when school begins, so the academic year will probably start with ongoing contact denial.