SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The grandparents of a 6-year-old girl are fighting to keep her in the United States after her father was recently deported to Mexico.
The girl is an American citizen and is in her ninth foster home since her parents were sent to prison.
The Department of Human Services ruled the girl should move to live with her father in Mexico despite her citizenship. Oregon law assumes a parent acts in the best interests of the child.
Her grandparents have not yet completed the certification process to become foster parents, but they are worried about her living with her father in Mexico. They said he is “violenta borocho abusivo” — a violent, abusive drunk.
Now, two state senators anad a representative are seeking a review of the circuit court’s decision. Gov. Kitzhaber also asked DHS to conduct a “thorough review of all the facts in the case.”
Alexander Jones, a family law attorney not connected to this case, said third-party rights to children are very complicated.
“It’s a long road with several different hoops that third parties have to jump through to get custody of a child that’s not theirs,” Jones said. “These grandparents have a big battle in front of them, yes they do.”