Trust earned-graduation day
I think being able to communicate with her (the judge), I mean, even if I'm having a bad day, she wants to hear about it.. Like her asking me, 'Hey, how was your day?' That's the first thing she asks me," Brandi said. Brandi savors a moment of victory with her court appointed attorney at the conclusion of graduation from Family Treatment Drug Court. A year spent monitored closely, while also guided and encouraged by a judge and program that Brandi feels did more to help her get clean and want a better life then any prior. She credits not only the structure of the program, but the way in which she has been treated with respect and sensitivity by a judge in the DCYF system for the first time. "The whole time I've been dealing with DCYF, since my first child, I mean, all the judges that I've been in front of, they've never spoken to me. It's either they speak to my lawyer or to DCYF and I just stand there. When I'm in front of this judge and she actually communicates with you and has a conversation, that was, ah, that was definitely important to me. The judge actually communicates with you and would actually prefer to hear from you rather than DCYF."