Eliuth: 7 years ago I went out to California because my son was on trial for murder. My grandson, who is autistic, was being flipped around in foster homes, while I was fighting CPS to acknowledge that the system isn’t set up for autistic children.
I got custody of my grandson and life as I knew it, stopped for me. This little boy was a runner, he jumped out of cars, he wouldn’t eat anything, he couldn’t talk or anything. At the same time, my dad had a heart attack and became terminally ill and my brother had total renal failure and my other brother had to give him a kidney.
All the while, I was still going to court with CPS and was going to court with my son. His trial took 5 years. He ended up getting 500 years in prison. His trial was $125,000. It cleaned my 401K out. All that stuff you call “stability” was gone.
BW: Damn. That’s a lot for anyone to go through. How’s everything going now?
Eliuth: It’s going OK. Now I’m doing some fund raisers and events for this group called The Faces of Autism. One good thing that’s come out of all this is my ability to encourage others. When I was at the courthouse, I would see a mother crying saying something like “My child just got 7 years.” *Tears* I would say “you know, be grateful for those 7 years and have them use it for something great."