AS ORDERED BY THE CALIFORNIA COURTS
by Sharon Rondeau
The petition was docketed on March 5, and the denial letter is dated April 30.
The three children have resided with Kanika’s parents, Willie and Katie Grant, for the last several years during which time there has been no contact with their parents. The children’s placement at their maternal grandparents’ home occurred after Katie Grant contacted the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and convinced someone there, without evidence of neglect or abuse, that their grandson should become their ward and not be returned to his parents in Alabama.
Kanika Williams has said that her father, who is an attorney, was acquainted with Judge Marguerite Downing, the presiding judge over each of the Williams children’s ensuing dependency cases. She and her husband’s requests for Downing to recuse herself on that basis were met with refusal. The Williamses and other parents have said that Downing is corrupt.
The petition filed with the high court was the Williamses’ final effort to halt the adoption of their two eldest children by Kanika’s parents, a decision upheld through successive hearings in California courts. A third child is also set to be adopted on a slightly later timeline, which her parents are also attempting to stop.
For the last seven years, the Williamses have traveled from their Alabama home to Los Angeles for hearings on their children’s placement into foster care, followed by a path to adoption for each.
Because dependency cases are confidential under California law, DCFS is not able to provide comment on its decisions. However, the agency’s spokesman, Armand Montiel, told The Post & Email that the possibility of adoption for a child just entering the dependency process, as occurred with the Williamses’ eldest child, is not the norm unless the parents were known to have committed heinous crimes against him or another child.
Of the denial by the nation’s highest court, Kanika Williams told us, “I’m glad I saw my kids when I did because no telling when I ever will thanks to the US and California Government. They gave me hope that the right thing would be done only to rip it away. It made me sick to the stomach to think that I fought all this time just for it to end this way. Words can’t really express what I feel, but it’s mainly anger and rage.”