Despite an Indiana Supreme Court Ruling backing "a fit parent's constitutional rights," a 5-0 decision on Friday could result in the removal of ten year old twins from the only home they've ever known.
According to the Times, when they were 18-months of age, the twins were removed from their natural mother's home for unknown reasons by the Department of Child Services and placed with a foster family. According to court records, their natural father is unknown and in 2008, the Jasper County child services office won county court approval to terminate the parental rights of the natural mother--a decision the mother appealed. During the course of the appeal, the foster parents went ahead and formally adopted the twins, who according to the article, have been living with them for three years. Two months after the adoption went through, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the decision to terminate the natural mother's parental rights. The court found that DCS did not satisfactorily show that continuing the parent-child relationship would threaten the twins' well-being. The high court has ordered a new adoption hearing be held in Jasper County where the natural mother can make her case as to why the twins belong with her. The court also urges agencies, lawyers, judges and others involved in the adoption process to change their procedures so no Hoosier children are ever again put in a similar position.
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