Do ethics support the law in this case? I would say yes, depending on which view you are relying on with the issue or what theory you are basing this on. Morals and law work as one in spite of the fact that it may not be an even adjust. Despite the fact that the law is morally based, we still may not concur with each law in light of our moral perspectives. Using two of the primary schools of ethics, we can see how dilemmas can be views and resolved in different and similar ways.
Care-based theories request that you emphasize with others by settling on choices on what you would wish accomplished for yourself if in the same circumstances as the individuals who will be affected by your choice. Consequentialist theories are ends-based and stress the great that result from human activities.
The biological parents in this case have rehabilitated from drug use and should have the right to have an opportunity to do what is right for their daughter after committing themselves to clean their acts up for her. On the other hand, the foster parents have been taking care of the child for nine years and have gained love and care for the little girls as if she were their own child. They have the right to continue to raise the child as their own after so many years. Let us also look at this from the child's perspective. The little girl looks at her foster parents as they are her own and she deserves the right to be in a place where she feels safe and comfortable, but she also has the right to choose between who she wants to be with.
Using the care based theory, if I were a part of the biological parents; I would want what is best for the best interest of my child. Do I really want to take my child away from the happiness and love she has already learned to have and confuse my child further more? Do I want to bring pain and suffering because of my mistakes to the foster parents who have done such a great job in raising my daughter? I would want everyone to be content. With that being said, it would be sufficient enough for me to build a relationship with my daughter without removing her from the foster parents’ home and taking that as a consequence to my actions.
Moving on to the ends based theory; my decision will still land on not removing the daughter from the foster parents' home. This asks us to do whatever produces the greatest good for the greatest number. Placing the child in the home of the biological parents who she will consider as stranger could be detrimental for many of the parties in this case. She will be confused about what is going on due to the fact that it is not something that can be explained to her understanding and she will take the separation from her foster parents as a loss. This will also affect the foster parents as a loss to a child that they raised as they were their own. The birth parents will be happy to a certain extent. Grateful of having their daughter back, her pain and suffering could affect the birth parents. The greater good would land on the daughter remaining with the foster parents. They can continue to raise the child with the same love and support and she will continue to be as happy as she was. The birth parents may be hurt, but they should seek cooperation and support from the foster family to help gain a connection between them so that everyone is winning.