Definitions

Accountability: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions

Responsibility: 1: the quality or state of being responsible: as a: moral, legal, or mental accountability

Deadline: a date or time before which something must be done

So, when a court order states that “Parent must call the department social worker by 9:30 am to confirm that she is on route to the visit or else visit will be canceled,” I take that literally. As such, when the parent did not call by 9:30 am this morning (or 9:31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, or 37, when I called her), I canceled the visit and informed the parties as such.

Apparently, defense counsel takes the court order to mean, “Parent should get a ten minute window” and “Social worker following the court order = social worker has a personal vendetta against said parent.”

I just love my job.

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