Two families of 5 children with autism are among six families who will share custody
TAYSHIA ADAMS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Two families with autistic children are among the six families to share custody.
A judge on Friday ordered two Texas parents to pay for the medical care and counseling of their autistic children, and they will share visitation.
The order comes after the parents argued that the court-ordered care would not allow for the families’ “unusual” lives.
A trial is set for April 5.
A hearing is set later this week in the case.
The families of both the parents are from Austin, Texas.
The two parents were previously ordered to pay the child’s medical expenses for two months after the court ordered them to pay $10,000 for the care and treatment.
The court also ordered the children’s parents to provide $1,000 in support for the autistic children.
The Texas attorney general’s office has also requested $2,000 to cover the costs of the medical bills.
The parents of the two autistic children who were previously allowed to share visitation with their autistic mother said they want to stay together and their parents should have visitation.
“I am deeply troubled by the court’s order that is placing my autistic daughter in the custody of a person who does not love her and who has never cared for her, and has never loved her, let alone taught her to love,” said Jessica Andrews.
“It’s not fair that the child has been taken from me and that the parent has been ordered to give the child medical care, counseling and parenting classes that he doesn’t need.”
Jessica Andrews’ daughter has Asperger’s syndrome.
The judge said the order should have been revoked after the families agreed that they had to work out a plan for their shared custody.
“This is the second time in a month that the family of the child with Aspergers has sought visitation,” said court-appointed attorney Paul Pugh.
“The court should have given us the opportunity to work something out to resolve this issue.”
Pugh said he wants to make sure the judge gets the best possible outcome for the children.
“We are in a time when we can’t afford to lose any children to a parent who has no emotional support system or emotional attachment for their child,” said Pugh, who has represented some of the families involved.