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I think being able to communicate with her (the judge), I mean, even if I'm having a bad day, she wants to hear about it..  Like her asking me, 'Hey, how was your day?' That's the first thing she asks me," Brandi said.  Brandi savors a moment of victory with her court appointed attorney  at the conclusion of graduation from Family Treatment Drug Court.  A year spent monitored closely, while also guided and encouraged by a judge and program that Brandi feels did more to help her get clean and want a better life then any prior.  She credits not only the structure of the program, but the way in which she has been treated with respect and sensitivity by a judge in the DCYF system for the first time. "The whole time I've been dealing with DCYF, since my first child, I mean, all the judges that I've been in front of, they've never spoken to me.  It's either they speak to my lawyer or to DCYF and I just stand there.  When I'm in front of this judge and she actually communicates with you and has a conversation, that was, ah, that was definitely important to me.  The judge actually communicates with you and would actually prefer to hear from you rather than DCYF."
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