Upon reading the article about the Boris and Olga Shved child custody case (TCH, Aug. 23), two glaring questions come to mind:
1) Why weren’t the young children turned over to their local, Russian extended family? Wouldn’t the children’s grandparents be the logical custodians of their beloved grandchildren? This family management method may not have cost taxpayers anything. This leads to my next question.
2) Why did our Washington State Department of Social and Health Services decide to ship these young children 1,600 miles away to a foster family in Minnesota, who have now been paid 10 years for care of these children? If the need for foster care in this case is legitimate, why weren’t these children placed within 100 miles of the Tri-Cities? Does DSHS have no decency? It would appear their intent was to make physical, parental contact next to impossible, both financially and functionally. Welcome to America, comrades!
Let’s get to the bottom of this case. Possibly, heads should roll. This smells all too much of an eminent multi-million dollar lawsuit and guess who will pay to defend DSHS ... you and I!
Bruce LePage, Pasco