A pair of Maryland dads are suing the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (CFS) for denying them custody of their children after the organization took their offspring from their mothers, according to the Washington Post.
Sam Wilson and Andre Adgerson were hands-on fathers who until recently had joint custody of their children. The mothers of their children were found to have neglected the kids to the extent that they had to be removed from their homes, the news source reported.
When the CFS came to take the children from their mothers, they took the kids to a foster care center instead of placing them in the custody of their fathers.
According to the news provider, this decision came as a result of the CFS’s interpretation of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. This led to the children being placed in foster homes for between one and six months while their fathers were assessed, despite their joint custody that was previously granted.
The District of Columbia and Family Services Agency handled more than 2,140 children who were in out-of-home care for 2009, according to the government website.