Boy, did I have my eyes opened at K’s hearing some two months later! I went fully expecting to hear that there was more to the story. Expecting that the court had some compelling evidence that I was completely unaware of that would show just cause for the children’s removal. What I heard instead was that there was even less evidence than I thought: the judge threw the case out, admonished the social worker involved in open court, and returned the children to their mother that day. From my courtroom observations, the situation was the result of a knee-jerk reaction from a burnt-out, jaded social worker who should have long ago recognized that she could no longer make objective decisions about an individual’s ability to parent.

Boy, did I have my eyes opened at K’s hearing some two months later! I went fully expecting to hear that there was more to the story. Expecting that the court h...