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Termination Of Parental Rights In Missouri | Best Outdoor Dining

Brandon Parigo
Samantha Maria Mungai is now raising a two-year-old in Kansas, making child advocates question why Missouri decided she was an unfit mother and permanently terminated her rights to parent her oldest child.

One parent's story shines a light on the process of terminating a parent's rights in Missouri and where in Kansas City you can find great patio dining.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: When it comes to whether the Missouri Department of Social Services will terminate parental rights, there are things that seem to work systematically against you — being a person of color, being an immigrant or being poor.

In the case of Samantha Mungai, the issues of racial justice, immigration law, economic inequity and an overburdened child welfare system combined to create what turned out to be insurmountable obstacles for the single mother.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:34: If you've been cooped up with your own cooking for too long, outdoor dining at a restaurant sounds great. When it comes to where to go, the Food Critics have a slew of patio suggestions.

This weekend is shaping up to be perfect for al fresco dining or just sitting out and enjoying a drink. From enchiladas at Teocali to cocktails at Va Bene you can skip the food prep, put on something besides sweats and enjoy what area eateries have to offer with pandemic precautions in place.

The Centers for Disease Control offers guidelines and best practices if you're considering visiting a bar or restaurant.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.