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Supreme Court sides with Allen County Children Services in foster adoption dispute

By Craig Kelly - ckelly@civitasmedia.com

Source: Lima News

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Allen County Children Services in its dispute with Celina-based foster parents Brian and Kelly Anderson and the Mercer County Probate Court regarding the Andersons’ attempts at adopting a foster child they had cared for.

On May 10, Children Services had filed a writ of prohibition with the court in an attempt to prevent Mercer County Probate Court from exercising an adoptive placement order for the Andersons to receive M.S., a 22-month-old girl they had fostered for about two years, since she was 13 days old. Children Services placed M.S. with a relative living in Indiana in March, while the Andersons were hopeful to adopt her.

The removal led to a social media campaign, #bringmaddyhome, which saw many individuals, groups and businesses in Celina offering support for the Andersons. Allen County Children Services, however, asserted that Allen County Juvenile Court maintained jurisdiction over the child and that proper procedures were followed when determining her permanent placement.

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