Kathy was the maternal grandmother of four young children whose mother was diagnosed with a rapidly-progressing terminal illness. These children ranged in age from 9 months to 13 years old. The father was only peripherally in their lives. Kathy and the four children faced much uncertainty as to what their future together would look like.
The staff attorneys at SFCS’ Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry took the case and decided to fast track it due to the circumstances. They traveled to Jefferson City to meet with the client and obtain the parent’s consent. We explained the situation to the county clerk who agreed to docket the case quickly. A month and a half later the mother passed on the same day the case was scheduled to be heard. Because of the great importance of this decision for the children, Kathy decided to proceed with the hearing as planned with our attorneys.