My question involves guardianship in the State of: Illinois
I have had legal guardianship and custody of a 5 year old boy (In my mind he is now my son) since he was 20 months old. Prior to this I was his daycare provider since 5 weeks old. DCFS recommended guardianship to me and told me it was a permanent solution and provided me the ability to prevent contact with his bio mom. My son suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder and PTSD due to the severe neglect and abuse he suffered. Some of his behaviors include screaming for hours, self-injury, violence - he killed a kitten with a fork, defiance, etc.
The judge granted bio mom 2 hour visits weekly supervised by maternal grandmother in her home(even though she knew of the abuse and did nothing because she didn't want to take the child). My son goes willingly and enjoys seeing his grandmother. His behavior deteriorates significantly after visits.
Grandmother wants bio mom to have unsupervised visits with him. His bio mom may not be using drugs/alcohol anymore. She attends AA regularly but is still making bad choices. She doesn't have a job. She lives with her mom. She was arrested 18 months ago for giving alcohol to a minor. I don't know how I could possibly handle my son if his behavior gets worse which I'm afraid it would do if he has to be alone with her. I have two other children that I need to think about also. Is there any way for me to stop visitation? What are my options if the judge grant unsupervised visits? Is there a way to move the case from Probate to Family court? Is there a possiblity of ever adopting my son? I desperately want to protect him and feel helpless. DCFS won't even answer my questions because he is in a safe, loving home. I cannot afford an attorney. My only income comes from providing daycare in my home, which is being affected by my son's behavior.