After 16 months in state custody in a case that sparked national debate, teen Justina Pelletier is returning to her family. “I’m so happy. I’m so excited, oh, my gosh,” Justina told the Boston Globe. In his court order, Judge Joseph Johnston reasoned that her parents have sufficient supports in place. “Services have included individual therapy for Justina several times per week, family therapy, medical care, recreational activity, occupational therapy, and physical therapy,” Johnston wrote. The Hartford Courant reports that Justina’s father plans to pursue legal action against the Massachusetts officials who took custody of Justina. “This is just the beginning,” Pelletier said.
Justina Pelletier Leaves Facility For Family Home In West Hartford (Hartford Courant, June 18, 2014)
Justina Pelletier heads home after judge ends state custody (Boston Globe, June 18, 2014)
The court order that returns custody of Justina Pelletier to her parents (Boston Globe, June 18, 2014)