Tonight's special guest is Wylmina Hettinga from Morro Bay, California, an advocate to change family court legislation from RaiseYourRights, a group that seeks to make it a US Constitutional and California Constitutional right to have a jury make decisions in a custody trial. According to the web site, the CA Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) says, "The measure could reduce court costs to the extent that the ability to demand a jury trial serves as an incentive for individuals to (1) resolve child custody disputes outside of the court or (2) reach agreement on custody decisions more quickly - thereby reducing court involvement and workload." Wylmina is currently a house mom to a twenty three year old girl whose Dad was an abuser. He committed suicide. She is going to college in San Luis Obispo. She's also a house mom to a seventeen year old girl for whom she'd been a foster parent, a girl who was removed from her sister and adopted. "I took her sister out of an abusive foster home when she was 18," Wylmina explains. Her sister is now employed and living on her own." She managed to find her seventeen year old a year ago. This child was being abused, living in a garage, had been wearing ankle bracelets, and was sent to girl's camps/farms. "She now lives with me and is attending high school trying to graduate on time. She is a runaway so she can graduate and get a diploma with 1/2 credits." She goes on to say she's mom to 4 children, but has limited contact with some of them. Wylmina says it's her opinion that there should be an option for a jury trial for children. "Some bad people will get through, and sometimes good people will be falsely accused," she says, "but everyone should at least have this option."
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