A mother of a toddler who’s had to go to court to get custody of her autistic son is sharing her family secrets.
Jennifer Eason says she wanted to share the stories of her daughter, and the support she’s received from a judge.
“She is a loving child, who has a great ability to learn, but also she has a lot of learning challenges, so we were trying to support her in that area, so she could have a good quality of life,” Eason said.
Jennifer’s son, Christopher, was born with autism in May 2016.
“I don’t know what it is that’s causing her to struggle so much, but I know it’s something that needs to be addressed,” Easean said.
The family says Christopher has been in and out of foster care since he was just two weeks old, and now he’s in the care of an adult family.
Jennifer says she had no idea her son was autistic until a family friend told her about Christopher.
“We were really shocked and really shocked that he was autistic.
I was so surprised,” she said.
“When I heard that he had autism, it was really hard for me to comprehend, because I knew that my son was so beautiful and he was such a bright and wonderful boy.”
Eason and her husband were so overwhelmed by the support of the court, that they reached out to the court.
The Easesons were able to access the court records, and they were able see the judge’s ruling.
“They were like, ‘This is really hard, and you’re a great mom.
I hope this gets you out of jail,'” Jennifer Easehan said.
Eason is now sharing her story with other parents in the community.
“If you’re going to have an autistic child, don’t talk to them,” Easedan said, adding that the family is planning to send the court a copy of the decision, which they hope will open up discussion and understanding.
“As parents, we are the ones who have to help this child in order to get her back in our lives.
We have to listen and we have to understand that,” Eaker said.
She is now speaking out on social media to show other parents that it’s okay to speak out.
“There is no place in society for a child to be treated like that, and it’s really important for all of us to understand what we’re talking about,” Eakeas said.
With files from The Associated Press