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Busted chapter 22


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[in which Joe gets yelled at. I keep waiting for someone who's really a cop to tell me exactly how wrong this all is -- I've been winging it on common sense and chutzpah so far. I really, really hope the stats I'm pulling out of the air are wildly overstated for dramatic reasons too]

 

Joe walked back to the rec room to see if there was anything else that Steve needed. Joe wasn't exactly sure what he was going to do. He felt numb and sick. His empty stomach hurt. His throat hurt.

 

Steve was sitting at a table in the corner of the room, papers spread out. He had a battered laptop open and running.

 

"You okay?" Steve asked. Joe looked like he'd been run over by a truck. Which, all things considered, he sort of had.

 

Joe looked at him like he was insane. "No."

 

Steve shrugged. The interview had kicked the shit out of him. He had a headache coming on, and like it or not Joe was going to have to figure out how to deal with it himself. Steve was having enough trouble of his own. Joe was a nice enough guy and all, and maybe he was dating Chris' crazy alter-ego, but he wasn't family. Not yet.

 

"So what do you do with her next?" he asked.

 

Steve shrugged. "Probably nothing."

 

"Nothing? What do you mean nothing?" Joe was confused.

 

"She's probably told us all she's going to," Steve said. He shuffled through the papers on the table and poked at his computer a little.

 

"That's it then? You just drop her?" Joe sounded incredulous. He'd seen Steve with his kids, and Chris' kid. He couldn't believe Steve would just leave Stephanie.

 

"No, of course not. Social services will take care of her."

 

"That's not good enough! How can you sit there and, and

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Yep, can't beat a nightly fix of 'Busted'.

To me, the details sound pretty convincing, though I have no idea how real they are. You could watch some CSI ;)

 

Tonight's question: Is Joe going to end up adopting his niece?

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Yep, can't beat a nightly fix of 'Busted'.

To me, the details sound pretty convincing, though I have no idea how real they are. You could watch some CSI ;)

 

Tonight's question: Is Joe going to end up adopting his niece?

 

 

He better, that's all I can say.

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Well...

 

Unfortunately there are some issues. He's single. His longest relationship was two years long, a long time ago. (That's not been covered in the story, but it's there) He's never done anything with kids. He only knew she existed as of a week ago. He'd never met her mother or her siblings. He's been estranged from his (and therefore her) family for more than a decade. (fourteen years, but who's counting?) She's in need of a huge amount of intensive therapy.

 

We could apply Story Logic here, but realistically there's no way in hell he'd have a chance. If he talked to the social worker she'd shoot him down easy, but he'd still be shot down. (As far as I know, at least in Connecticut, his being gay wouldn't necessarily be an issue -- if he were married to a guy it'd actually be a big plus, since the state likes stable long term relationships when placing kids)

 

I like Joe as a character, and I think he'd make a really good dad, but being honest he's not in a situation to foster or adopt someone in Stephanie's position.

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Well...

 

Unfortunately there are some issues. He's single. His longest relationship was two years long, a long time ago. (That's not been covered in the story, but it's there) He's never done anything with kids. He only knew she existed as of a week ago. He'd never met her mother or her siblings. He's been estranged from his (and therefore her) family for more than a decade. (fourteen years, but who's counting?) She's in need of a huge amount of intensive therapy.

 

We could apply Story Logic here, but realistically there's no way in hell he'd have a chance. If he talked to the social worker she'd shoot him down easy, but he'd still be shot down. (As far as I know, at least in Connecticut, his being gay wouldn't necessarily be an issue -- if he were married to a guy it'd actually be a big plus, since the state likes stable long term relationships when placing kids)

 

I like Joe as a character, and I think he'd make a really good dad, but being honest he's not in a situation to foster or adopt someone in Stephanie's position.

 

 

Not now, he isn't. But: you're forgetting that he's going to end up with Chris, who is already a father, and at that point he'd be a very good candidate for adopting his niece.

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Not now, he isn't. But: you're forgetting that he's going to end up with Chris, who is already a father, and at that point he'd be a very good candidate for adopting his niece.
That's true enough (and I'm not even gonna bother being coy here) but still it'd put things off a while, as the state wants (I think) relationships to be at least two years old before they consider you suitable for adoption or fostering. A not-unreasonable restriction, they don't want you in the middle of working your relationship out with your partner while you're working it out with a kid -- that's not good for your relationship or the kid.

 

We'll see how things go, though. Joe's not going to want to lose touch, and I don't think the total time frame of the story's going to be more than a month. (We've only done a week so far, plus a few days) That means I can let it slide some and we can see what happens later... later. :)

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You're overlooking the fact that Joe is a relative. That little tid bit would put him at the top of the list for guardianship with Social Sevices.

 

Sharon

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I dunno how much being a relative actually helps if you've never had any contact with the kids in question. (Nor knew of their existence) I'd assumed that it just didn't buy you anything beyond what a random stranger on the street would get -- possibly less, since that meant that you'd had no contact with the kid's other family either.

 

Stephanie's got at least two uncles and an aunt on Joe's side of the family. I'm not sure about her mom's side, yet, but there are family who're at least in better contact with her. (Not that they're particularly swell, mind, but that's a separate issue)

 

Now I'm feeling like I ought to call DCF and ask. Eeesh, fact checking... :)

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