A Houston couple is fighting to adopt a nearly 6-month-old boy after they say Child Protective Services gave them false hope that the baby would be able to stay with them.So, if you were the judge, how would you rule?
"I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anything more in my life than to be a mother," said Houston attorney Rachel de Cordova.
De Cordova and her husband, Hayan Charara, a professor at the University of Houston, said they had trouble having a baby on their own. They tried for eight years.
In January, a 6-day-old baby boy came into their lives.
"He’s a really happy baby. He’s amazing," said de Cordova.
According to court documents, the baby tested positive for cocaine when he was born, so Child Protective Services took custody.
The couple said they took him in as part of a foster-to-adopt program.
"It was an awesome little miracle," said Charara. "It was the most amazing thing I had ever experienced."
The young boy’s birth mother has four other children, all of whom have been placed with other families. Three siblings are together with a family in Killeen, and a fourth child is with another family. Cordova and Charara say they pushed CPS to contact them.
"We probably pushed for them to be contacted for about two months and they finally said, ‘We’re not contacting them, there’s no reason for us to contact them, he’s great with you,’" said de Cordova.
But the couple said the child’s attorney ad litem stepped in and recommended that the child be placed with the family in Killeen, because that’s where three of his siblings live. The de Cordovas also said CPS is now recommending the same.
A spokesperson for CPS said the agency believes children belong with their siblings whenever possible.
The case will head to court on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Judge rules that the prospective adoptive family has no standing in the lawsuit about placement for the baby since they have not had him for 12 months. HOWEVER, the judge rules the baby may remain with them until trial on August 30, 2011.