Denied! Failing Cordelia…Book Three: Climbing the Broken Judicial Ladder
Tim Whittome, author
In Climbing the Broken Judicial Ladder (the final volume in my Denied! Failing Cordelia trilogy, I look in considerable detail at what happened when I shoved the perspective and orders of the Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court into a large and prejudicially weighted backpack and attempted to climb the California judicial ladder. This climb would take me on a legal journey through the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) to the rarefied atmosphere of the California Supreme Court itself, the largest and busiest court of the fifty states and second in importance only to the United States Supreme Court. I conclude that I could find no clear and obvious way to heal my “denied” family by climbing the broken rungs of the judicial ladder in California. As a result, my daughter and I would have to find a difficult alternate path toward family healing and reconciliation outside the legal sphere. My determination to find a suitable road to help my troubled daughter alongside her receptive willingness to meet me there allowed us both to find the courage to heal and share whatever journey lay ahead of them. Our shared trauma at the hands of misguided social workers seeing only the need for draconian solutions to a family crisis may well have made us both stronger for the experience, but it also has made us both more vigilant and suspicious. I offer my readers a suggested child-welfare bill of rights and look at comprehensive ways for making dependency proceedings more equitable for all concerned. Adoptive parents, parents involved in dependency proceedings, social workers, attorneys, and judges should welcome the my decision both to walk beside Cordelia on her journey as her only involved parent and to offer instructive and reasonable ways that child-welfare and child-detention policies and dependency proceedings could be improved. By such means, the standing of both children and their parents could be rendered more equitable for all involved in the traumatic snare of accusations and allegations of child abuse.