But the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a biological father who pays child support must be notified of any action to place his child in foster care.
The Nebraska Supreme Court says state laws regarding notification in child welfare cases are constitutional, but has ruled that a biological father who pays child support must be notified of any action to place his child in foster care.
The case stems from a 2008 lawsuit filed by Michael Eggleston against the state. Eggleston said state employees violated his rights when they failed inform him that his 3-year-old had been taken into protective custody after her mother attempted suicide. Eggleston said the state had his contact information, because he faithfully paid child support.
The ruling Friday reversed a lower court's finding that the state's notification laws are unconstitutional because they don't require the state to notify a noncustodial parent when a child has been taken into emergency protective custody.