This is the continuation of the post, Adoption of Guatemalan Boy's Future could be Decided by Christmas. The series discusses a specifically heartbreaking child custody story of a little adopted boy. What makes situations like these especially difficult is that the child is usually adopted by very loving parents.
In a prior post titled Adoption of Guatemalan Child of an Imprisoned Illegal Immigrant Contested, we published the news of a young Guatemalan mother whose parental rights to her young boy were terminated while she was incarcerated for using false papers to obtain a job in the United States. The Guatemalan ambassador to the United States came to advocate for the mother at a hearing where both parties in the child custody case presented their arguments to the Missouri Supreme Court.
A mother or father's parental rights may be terminated by a court of law for neglect, abuse or abandonment of their child. Termination of parental rights requires sufficient due process. One state Supreme Court is set to decide whether or not a court has the power to terminate the parental rights of an illegal immigrant under the basis that imprisonment constitutes abandonment.