Two families are currently at odds over which will have the right to raise a little girl. The case centers on a contested adoption, and the struggle over which family can best provide for the needs of a child who has only known one set of parents. Many people in Texas and across the nation are watching to see how the courts resolve this matter. What is certain is that the outcome will leave a family devastated.
The child in the middle of these legal struggles is now 3 years old. As an infant, she was placed in the care of a foster family when her mother was unable to provide for her needs. Her biological mother approved of the placement, and when the foster family eventually sought to adopt the little girl, she gave them her full support. The biological father was incarcerated at the time of the adoption, and part of the process involved a court hearing in which his parental rights were terminated.