If this doesn’t get your blood boiling, I don’t know what will.
Dean Harper lost his daughter 16-years-ago when his ex-wife moved away with her and never told him where. He spent years looking for her, finally tracking her down shortly after her 18th birthday. That’s when he discovered two things: 1) The daughter, Athena Glusing, had been placed in foster care at the age of 12; and 2) The child welfare agency didn’t contact him about his daughter because they “didn’t have his date of birth.”
Those two items alone would be enough to send most parents into a fit of rage. Especially since it would have meant not missing six additional years of a child’s life. But the story doesn’t end there.
AFTER (I do stress the word AFTER) Harper found Glusing and AFTER (again, I do stress the word AFTER) Harper confronted the child welfare agency about their failure to contact him, he received a bill from the agency for $7,800 for “Parental Contributions.” In other words, authorities wanted Harper to reimburse them for some of the costs they incurred taking care of Glusing.
Talk about adding insult to injury.
Harper says he’s going to fight the bill and is looking to sue the child welfare agency for failing to notify him when his daughter was first put into the system. All I can say is that I hope he wins on both counts.