A Manistee man may give up his parental rights, after a two-year court battle for his daughter.
In April, Darryl Rood won his case with the state Supreme Court. Justices said county court and state social workers in Mason County failed to notify him of foster care hearings.
His rights were terminated last summer in part because he didn't attend those hearings.
Lawyer Jeffrey Nellis says his client now fears too much time has past.
"He started to really think about, 'How is this potential move from a foster family where she'd been with for several years, and residing with her stepsister, if she was ultimately moved to his custody, how she would handle that, whether or not she might hold that against him.
Nellis says she has been in a good foster home for three years, with no recent contact with her father.
Nellis maintains Rood is a fit parent.
The Supreme Court said Rood's been a less-than-idea parent. But, "When the state moves to destroy weakened familial bonds, it must provide the parents with fundamentally fair procedures."