After having spent 16 years searching for his daughter, Dean Harper from Montreal finally tracked her down. But the happy ending came with a price: a “parental contributions” bill for $7,800.
Harper split with his wife when their daughter, Athena Glusing, was 2 years old. “She moved and I couldn’t find her anymore,” he said. “I just didn’t know where she was, and I searched for 16 years.”
Harper eventually tracked his daughter down using the Internet. He saw her in Facebook video, and then tried to fine the house on Google Street View, noted a CTV News video.
Eventually, he found out where she worked and paid her a visit. “My heart was pounding like you wouldn’t believe. I thought for sure Athena could hear my heart pounding,” he said. “And I said, ‘My name is Dean Harper… I’m your father.”
Glusing, now 18 years old, moved in with her father and her two half-brothers. She said she was thrilled to be back with her family and that her upbringing was “really not a childhood that a child should go through.”
It came as a surprise to Harper that, at the age of 12, Glusing’s mother had placed her in foster care with Batshaw Social Services, who sent Harper a “parental contributions” bill for $7,800.
“I was very upset because they had my name on file. They knew who I was and I asked them, ‘Why didn’t you look for me when you got my daughter?’ They said, ‘Well we didn’t have your birth date,'” Harper said, reported Inquisitr.
Batshaw spokeswoman Claire Roy said, “In all situations, social workers make regular attempts to locate parents, in the province of Quebec, across Canada, and any other countries, even in prisons.” She added, “These efforts are always based on children's needs.”
Harper plans to fight the bill. He has also contacted a lawyer and said he plans to take legal action against Batshaw Social Services for failing to notify him after his daughter was placed in foster care.
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