It may not be the same everywhere, since counties and states often vary widely in their children’s services laws, but in many counties here in Ohio, when a judge is picked for a case, you are pretty much stuck with them. Nobody, including the family, foster family, caseworkers, therapists or attorneys can request a different judge.
So why is this a concern? Well, first of all, judges often go against the wishes of all the professionals in a case and just do whatever they want. For instance, even if the caseworkers, therapists and attorneys are strictly against a child going home, the judge can ignore all of those testimonies and send the child home right away if they wish to do so.
This may not seem like such a big deal, but when you look more closely it creates an alarming pattern…
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