Bill tries to create a path for parents and children to reunite
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"Because these young adults have high instances of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, depriving them of child support, inheritance and familial support is particularly problematic," she wrote.
Laws that allow "looking back to move forward" can be in the best interest of children, according to Susan M. Getman and Steve Christian, authors of the American Humane Association journal article, "Reinstating Parental Rights: Another Path to Permanency."
"Youth long for family connections. Some birth mothers and fathers who, years earlier, had struggled and failed to keep their children safe, subsequently losing their parental rights, have improved their personal circumstances, achieved stability and strengthened their parenting abilities.
"Children, once young and vulnerable, have grown older and more competent in their own right. When both youth who have not been adopted and their birth parents are desirous of reunification, these statutes afford them a venue for consideration," Getman and Christian wrote.
Obermiller said she remains skeptical that most birth parents whose parental rights have been terminated can alter course to the point their children would be open to reunification.
"I know parents like to think they can change for their kids but a lot of them don't," Obermiller said.
"Some of them were just not meant to be parents."
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