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Child custody case focuses on adoption procedures

A highly emotional and complicated custody battle is playing out in one southern state, and many Maryland readers are closely following the story. An adoptive family is fighting to keep their daughter, while her biological father is struggling to regain custody of the little girl. The case is anything but simple, and has led to debate across the nation on matters of child custody and adoption.

The child was born with both benzoylecgonine and cocaine in her system. That prompted authorities to remove her from the care of her mother. At the time of her birth, her father was incarcerated. The little girl was placed in the home of a foster family, who eventually adopted her. The same family is also providing care for the little girl's sister, and has taken in many other children.

As part of the adoption, the biological father's parental rights were terminated. He was not present at that hearing, but had a legal representative in place. He was recently released from jail, and appealed the loss of his parental rights. He was successful in that endeavor, and the parties will now have to go back to court to address child custody matters.

These types of cases are never easy, for anyone involved. The adoptive parents have provided a loving home for their daughter, who is nearly 4 years old. At the same time, parental rights are among the most important rights that Americans hold, and losing access to one's child is never a simple matter. As this child custody case moves forward, Maryland residents will watch to see how the court rules, and whether the adoptive family will be able to keep the child to whom they have opened their hearts and home.  

Source: foxnews.com, "Parents in fight with adopted child's ex-con dad to keep custody of the 3-year-old girl", Cristina Corbin, Feb. 7, 2017

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