Couple Who Had Children Taken At Birth By DCF Wins Appeal For New Trial
Karin Hasemann holds Joey Jr.; Joseph Watley holds Danny. Photo was taken during a supervised visit during the summer of 2008, before the couple’s parental rights were terminated that fall. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Watley)
A federal appeals court has given two Connecticut residents a chance to prove the state child protection agency trampled on their rights by removing two children at birth based on “perceptions and stereotypes” of the parents’ mental health.
The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Friday, sending the case of Joseph Watley, 61, and Karin Hasemann, 47, back to the U.S. District Court.
The pair claim that their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act were violated when the state Department of Children and Families terminated their parental rights.
Watley and Hasemann had argued that DCF acted before the parents could demonstrate that they had loving, extended families who were ready and able to help them raise the children if need be. To read the full story click here
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