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Friday, Nov. 5, 2005
On Thursday, Jessica was 17 and in state custody, so we had to protect her name.
On Friday, her time in the system ended and one of her first acts as an adult was talking to us.
“My attorney called me into a room and they asked me what I had done, if I had got my GED,” said Dora Weesner, the former foster child. “Next thing I know, they said, ‘You’re released.’”
It ends Weesner’s yearlong trip through the foster care system. Removed from her parent’s home in Butler County, Weesner was ordered to drop out of high school by Judge Rebecca Lindamood.
Her reason, Weesner turned 18 Friday. Because she could be released from the system before she graduated, the judge ordered Weesner to get a GED instead.
Her mother had a different take and called into Channel 96.3’s Mat Mitchell in The Morning just after our story Thursday.
“She chose for her life to go that way and had to make a decision and I think she is just mad because somebody finally told her what to do,” said Tammy Weesner, Dora’s mother.
Dora’s parents were at the hearing Friday afternoon.
In the end, Dora did as she was told and got her GED, scoring high enough on her GED tests to go to college. She’s taking advantage of an SRS program called the Foster Care Tuition Program, which provides scholarships to Kansas Regents universities for former foster kids.
Dora hopes to study journalism at Wichita State in the spring.