A married couple, both addicted to drugs, are unable to care for their infant daughter. She is taken from them by court order and placed in a foster home. The years pass. She comes to regard her foster parents as her real parents. They love her as they would their own daughter. When the child is 9 years old, the natural parents, rehabilitated from drugs, begin court action to regain custody. The case is decided in their favor. The child is returned to them, against her will. Does ethics support the law in this case? Discuss.
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Ethical Dilemma: Who Has the Rights to the Child?
1. An End and Rules Basis Analysis of Choice Two
In an ends based analysis, we have to calculate whether or not the nine year old would have the greatest amount of happiness with her foster parents, or with her biological parents. While we could also look at whether the foster parents or the biological parents would have a greater amount of happiness, by either being granted custody of the child or not, for the sake of briefness, the child in question will be the focus of this analysis. Since the child was raised by the foster parents since she was a baby, her foster parents are the only parents she has known....
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