In the Matter of TWO MINOR CHILDREN
High Court of American Samoa
JUV No. 9-89
JUV No. 43-89
December 15, 1989
Petitions to terminate legal rights and obligations of natural parents in order to facilitate adoption by much older prospective adopting parents were not in the best interest of the children, where natural parents were; much younger, had potential to be good providers, and appeared to have strong bonds with the children.
Before REES, Associate Justice, MATA'UTIA, Associate Judge. and OLO, Associate Judge.
Counsel: For Petitioner in JUV No.9-89, Isa-Lei F. Iuli
For Petitioner in JUV No.43-89, Togiola T.A. Tulafono and Roger Hazell
These two cases involve the requested termination of parental rights in order to facilitate adoptions by much older sets of prospective adopting parents.
The prospective adopting father in JUV No. 43-89 will be 82 when the child reaches the age of majority. The prospective adopting father in JUV No. 9-89 will be 91 when the child reaches the age of majority.
In each case the prospective adopting parents are prominent citizens and fine people who wish to provide a good future for the child. Also, however, in each case the natural parents are much younger, have the potential to be good providers, and appear to have strong bonds to the child.
In each case the parties are free to adopt the child fa'a Samoa and to have the child live with them as long as this is the wish of the child and the natural parents. But in neither case cap we certify that [13ASR2d95] termination or the legal rights and duties of the natural parent would be in the best interest of the child.
Accordingly, the petitions are denied.
It is so ordered.