Gloria, age 17
Seventeen year-old Gloria came under the Dependency Court’s jurisdiction when a petition for placement in shelter was filed alleging that Gloria’s father had sexually abused Gloria’s younger sister and Gloria had witnessed the abuse. Gloria remains in the care of her uncharged mother. Gloria’s mother does not allow Gloria to see her two half-sisters despite the teenager’s desire to spend time with them. Individual and family therapy has been put in place in order to help Gloria cope. The GAL volunteer assigned to this case recommended the rights of the father to be terminated. It was revealed in Court that the father was a registered sex offender, and, as such, his parental rights were terminated.