Congratulations, to attorney Susan Wilk for an incredible effort!
In the Case of ALSB .....Families won a big one...government lost!
The Washington State Supreme Court reversed the lower court. The child is going back to the dad!
This is huge!
In this case the Hispanic father from Yakima had drug problems. (Unlike the Stuths or Willards for whom the department had to make up...lie...about "issues.") He was told if he went through a drug treatment program and visited his daughter regularly, he would be able to keep his daughter.
He moved to California and enrolled in and completed a treatment program. His mother and he drove to Yakima and made ALL of the visitation dates...and...the department took his little girl anyway! (They seem to like little girls.)
This man's daughter was adopted out. His case failed on appeal. Then Susan Wilk of the Washington Appellate Project argued the case before the WA State Supreme Court in June of 2008! This case took 2 years to decide. (But it was worth the wait!)
The man will get his daughter back.
If anyone reading this blog has had a similar case....go talk to a lawyer with this case in hand.