I opened my email this evening to discover that the agency which runs the home where Fiona lives, had a "brilliant" idea. (please understand that word is meant to be read with dripping sarcasm. Due to the altercations that she had with another woman in the home, they were suggesting that Fi be moved to a new home that is being constructed in the western part of our state. This would happen sometime next month.
I am not amused. First off, I only found out about this through the DDS person who they contacted. They did not contact me, as the guardian which I find grossly inappropriate.
Secondly, moving my daughter does not preclude future physical altercations. I wish that were the case, but I know it is not. And anyone with half a brain who has read her history should be able to figure that out.
Thirdly, we are her support network. I can not visit her often if she is over an hour away from us. She is 15 minutes away now and home often. Also her home visits can be shorter, of an afternoon for instance, or going out to dinner and then getting brought back to the group home. This is of benefit to her in a multiple of ways. When the intimacy of family life feels too intense, it is easy to disengage and go back to the group home. Also, at another level, I feel that it models the kind of visiting that you do as an adult.
Moving her out an hour or more away additionally puts her even further away from first family members who try to keep in touch with her and who on occasion gather at our home to be with her.
I have written a strong email stating that if this agency wants to move her an hour away that I am very opposed and that I would rather look to a new agency to provide housing and services for Fiona. I think, but am not sure, that DDS is going to be supportive. We shall see.