The past 3 or 4 weeks, Peter and Suzy have been “allowed“ to video chat with their daughter once a week for a few minutes at a time.
They have been told that they are only allowed to stay on the call as long as Sofia is “engaged” with them. If she appears sleepy, tired, or starts crying, they tell them they have to end the call.
The problem is, this is not a normal situation and the foster mother clearly has no empathy for the birth parents and no insight into how to manage the call. It technically is not abusive but extremely lacking any empathy to try and keep the toddler calm when speaking with her parents. That is the problem. The foster mother should also be an advocate for the birth parents, testifying how good they are on the calls with the toddler. This foster mother is clearly not doing anything to help the situation.
The Theodoro’s were not allowed to visit their daughter because they were told they would be arrested if they entered Connecticut for not using the court-appointed psychologist, Dr. Balducci. They had already had a full mental health evaluation by a credentialed psychologist and had given that to the courts.
By law, it is the right of a citizen to choose their own psychologist for these evaluations. The courts can not force a specific psychologist on the parents. So again, what the courts did was illegal. The supreme courts of Connecticut need to know.
The fact that they just started giving them time to facetime Sofia is a disgrace. The law is about family reunification. They should have been offered this long ago since they live 20 hours away from where they are holding Sofia hostage and were threatened if they came to Connecticut that they would be arrested.
Please write your state leaders and visit the page standforsofia.com to contact state leaders and report this court.