As I read the story of the struggle to reunify Olga and Boris Shved with their children, it brought tears to my eyes.
The reason for that is almost 30 years ago, when I married my wife, she had two children from a previous marriage. At the time we married, their ages were 7 and 9, and what brought the tears was that, despite the fact that I had not known them prior to our marriage, we learned to get to know one another and to love one another.
And the same thing will happen when Olga and Boris resume their lives as the parents of Ella and Ryslan. Franklin County Juvenile Court Commissioner Joseph Schneider and the state of Washington need to remember that when children are in foster care, it means that there is always an expectation of reunification between the parents and the children.
It is time for this sad separation to end and for all parties to do the right thing. The state needs to return these children to their parents today and trust that they will find their own path to become a family once again.
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SAMUEL C. GEYER, Kennewick