Does a convicted sex offender deserve the right to parent his child in foster care? Would it have an impact if the victim was an underaged or developmentally delayed person? Should this have an impact on whether a parent can get their child back from being in foster care?
A baby girl was placed in foster care three weeks after her birth because social workers decided the parents had a limited grasp of the medical needs of their daughter. Their daughter was born with severe heart defects, a cleft lip and mild cerebral palsy. The mother threw a chair after seeing her baby connected to machines in the hospital. The mother has schizophrenia, and on medication. She states she takes her medication.
The baby girl is now a two year-old toddler living in foster care. Parental rights for this toddler were eventually terminated. In August 2006, the court ordered social services to find this toddler an adoption home.
On October 2006, an adoptive family was found in Texas for the toddler. The parents flew out to meet the toddler December 2006 and take some classes and take care of some paperwork. The parents are fully aware of her medical issues and already have specialist in place for this toddler’s medical needs.
The father has decided that he wants to parent his daughter in spite of being a registered sex offender. He pleaded guilty to rape of a 22 year- old developmentally delayed woman and a 16 year- old girl.
May 8, in a court hearing the commissioner ordered social workers to give dad a second chance. (Read more about second chances here.).
“Generally speaking, parents have a fundamental right to parent their kids. That would include child molesters,” said James M. Owens, assistant county counsel for Los Angeles County, who handles foster child custody cases.
What the bejeebers is wrong with the courts? Are we this desperate to keep families together?
The father’s response is that he has done everything for the last four months that has been asked of him. We must not forget his new wife of two months is very supportive of her husband and believes he would not harm anyone. Please, I was married to my ex for four years and he “forgot” to tell me that he had a second family during our entire marriage. You only know what people want you to know about them!!
Parenting is a commitment that is so much longer than a four month period. Society talks about protecting children from sexual predators, but then we send a defenseless toddler to a predator’s home. Who is deciding which children are worth being saved?