OMAHA -- A Douglas County Juvenile Court judge on Thursday allowed a dad stationed with the Army in Colorado to become a participant in his daughter's foster care case.Now, if there was some reason why the father could not be trusted with custody of his daughter, then this might make sense. But the newspaper article seems to indicate that the father is regarded as a fit father.
But while acknowledging the father appeared to be a fit parent and that no home study would be required, Judge Christopher Kelly delayed any chance of Sgt. David Sanders getting temporary custody of his 13-year-old daughter for 30 to 45 days.
At that time, the judge said, he will hear evidence about the Omaha mother's situation. He said he had been told she was cooperating and getting counseling, but he had no evidence of that.
Leslie Christensen, Sanders' attorney, said the father should not have to wait 30 to 45 days -- if that's what the judge's order indicates -- for his constitutional rights to take effect.
I know that a lot of foster parents are really good people, doing their best to provide high quality, loving care for children whose own parents are not fit or available. But I also know that there are some foster care systems around the country that are monstrous--with foster parents so bad that you might almost be better off giving the kid a bus ticket and sending them cross country. Foster care should always be what you do if you have no fit natural parent or near relative willing to take care of a child.
But this article tells us that the father appears to be a fit father--and the courts are putting this child in foster care? What's wrong with this picture (other than insanity seems to have taken over family courts in some places)?