Florida Baby’s biological mother is incarcerated for trafficking in narcotics and prostitution.
Baby’s biological father left the state when Baby was just three weeks old.
Baby was placed in foster care with a loving family, the only family she has since known.
Baby is now four.
Foster family continues to want to adopt Baby.
But, now, biological father, long absent, returns, out of the blue, to assert his right to take Baby to his new home in California.
It was recommended some time ago that social services terminate the biological father’s parental rights, to free the child up for adoption to her loving foster family.
Only it never happened, let alone in a timely fashion. Had it happened, the courthouse door would most likely have slammed in biological father’s face.
What is particularly sad in this case is that the foster family could have – and undoubtedly would have – asked the Court themselves to terminate the biological father’s parental rights – if they had only known that they had that power and right.
But no one ever told them … until it was too late.
Meanwhile, the biological father is allegedly still battling substance abuse problems of his own, even as the Court appears to be ordering reunification.
But the biological father has rights.
And, according to the family courts, Baby apparently doesn’t.
Read more in this Orlando Sentinel article: Orlando-area family faces losing foster child.