Second Chance for Dads
Not every father who relinquishes parental rights should be legally bound forever to the status of not having a familial relationship with his children. In situations where a father terminated his rights because of a condition of life he could not control, legal consideration should be given to significant positive changes in that father's situation that would affect his ability to again exercise paternal rights. Paper does not destroy lineage. There is no social fact written on paper that should not be open to review. Even a condemed criminal can be reviewed for parole, yet every day, our society allows the "eternal" severing of parental rights. Yet, when a child is 18, that child can, if he/or she wishes, accept a person whose rights have been terminated back as a parent. It does not make sense. Certainly, there are situations where parental rights shuld be severed. An abusive person should not parent a child. But what about those situations where conditions have changed? The parent who gave up his rights is no longer the drug addict, the indegent, the dead-beat-dad etc. The child is older and not adopted, and longs for the missing parent who, under duress, signed a piece of paper that he felt at one time he had to sign. Why is a piece of paper so powerful? Lives change. People grow and improve and overcome drug addictions and illnesses and abject poverty. Individual case review can present evidence that shows proof when a parent should have a second chance. There is no substitute for a father's love to a child. Children don't stop loving a parent they once knew as loving. Is every case really in the child's best interest to be "eternal"? Or, should a child too be given a second chance to have that parent's love and support again? Sign this petition so that deserving parents and children can be reunited IF circumstances warrant by individual, case review.