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PCSAO files friend-of-the-court briefs in Allen County case

PCSAO files friend-of-the-court briefs in Allen County case

This week PCSAO filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the Supreme Court of Ohio in an Allen County case that could have significant implications for child safety and stability.

The case of a child placed by Allen County Children Services with a foster family residing in Mercer County has become a news and social media sensation this year. The case went to the Supreme Court when a Mercer County judge initiated adoption proceedings on behalf of the foster family after an Allen County judge placed the child with kin in another state.

PCSAO’s amicus briefs (one on behalf of Allen County Children Services and another on behalf of the Allen County judge) outline the overarching concern about the uncertainty and instability that would be created for abused and neglected children if competing county courts exercise jurisdiction over the same child and if such cases of “judge shopping” are permitted.

PCSAO extends its appreciation to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office for its work on behalf of Allen County Children Services and to the team who wrote PCSAO’s briefs:

  • Lead Counsel: David Haverfield, JD, Director of Tuscarawas County JFS
  • Associate Counsel: Amy Carson, JD, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Of Counsel: Robert J. McClaren, JD, Appellate Attorney for Franklin County Children Services