▶️ State legislatures are getting concerned within the ongoing custody battle

The case of a three-year-old girl comes to a head.

Heartache, protests and now lawmakers rallying around the ongoing custody battle.

There is the foster family who have had custody of the girl for three years.

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Then, the Oregon Department of Human Services last notified the foster family that the girl would be transferred to her birth relatives on the East Coast.

Now the state legislatures are involved.

“We’re trying to request another review because we think this case is really important and that’s the case DHS sends a child very far away,” said Oregon State Senator Tim Knopp.

According to Briana Burnson, MPs Tim Knopp, Lynn Findley and Duane Stark are siding with the foster family and their custody.

Senator Sara Gelser states in an email that it is her argue about how ODHS handled the case.

“All the heartache in this case related to the adoption placement decision for all involved could most likely have been avoided if the agency had mediated [the child] with relatives when they first stepped forward,” Gelser said.

That Nishimoto’s say they applied three years ago to adopt their niece when the girl was a toddler.

In a partially redacted email provided by the Nishimoto’s from oDHS She is listed as “knows…no cultural practices.” The loss of cultural identity is a concern of the Nishimoto’s.

“Our Niece is Asian American and deserves to be raised by her Asian American family,” Nishimotos said. “We’ve been involved in her life since she was so little, trying to integrate her into that culture.”

I contacted them Burnson’s for an on-camera interview, but they declined to claim that their foster parent certification was under direct threat ODHS.

In a text that Burnson’s explains that her stance isn’t blood vs. nurturing, it’s rather affidavit in court says ODHS intentionally causing harm by moving the child.


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