On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
When immigrants come to the United States, they are often looking for something better. That was surely the case for one woman who left her home country in 2007, escaping oppression. After settling in Chicago she gave birth to a baby boy a couple years later. However, she feared shunning from her culture because she was not married. She gave birth alone outside an apartment building, and left the boy under a bush. He was found an hour and a half later. The woman was remorseful, and wanted child custody, but she was not only denied but was sent to a federal detention center for three years. Now released, she wants the child back.
Of course, life went on for the child and he has been in foster care while his biological mother was serving her time. His foster parents have grown attached to him, and they too want child custody and were in the process of adopting him when the woman indicated she wanted him back.
While leaving a newborn is a hard thing for many to understand, other factors may have contributed to the woman leaving the child, such as postpartum depression, a common condition of new mothers. Traditionally, biological parents often have an advantage in child custody battles, especially when there is a strong cultural component to be preserved.
Still, there is likely a bond that has formed between the boy and his foster parents. Ultimately, a family law court will need to look at all the factors in the case in order to determine what is best for the child.
Source: The Republic, “Lawyers: Ill. woman who abandoned baby rebuilding life after release from federal detention,” The Associated Press, Dec. 22, 2012