As I hope I’ve made clear in my post on the Mormons who lost their children, I’m very protective on the bond between a child and parent. I’m very suspicious of government agencies that claim to have our children’s best interest at heart, but then take children from their homes– sometimes permanently.
And I’ve read a lot of these stories. It’s the power that these people wield over parent’s lives that scares me. That they act as if they have more rights than the parents to the children is foreign to me. And that they can assume that parents are guilty until proven innocent and use that to justify removing a child from a home is wrong according to the founding principles of this country.
Three week old Sabrina was taken from her parents home using unproven allegations of neglect in April 2005. The accusation? The parents were starving her. However, there was no evidence. In fact, the record shows exactly the opposite:
Nancy Hey – who suffers from a developmental disorder that makes it difficult for her to recognize non-verbal signals from others – and her husband fully cooperated with medical professionals and CPS workers throughout their ordeal. In any case, Sabrina was at her proper weight when she was taken away by county officials, two days after her parents told social worker Dana Zemke that they were retaining a lawyer. Arlington Judge Esther Wiggins Lyles signed the removal order with neither Hey nor Slitor even aware of the proceedings, much less being present to contest the decision. Sabrina went to a politically influential local professional couple with no training as foster parents, despite CPS requirements that foster couples be trained before being entrusted with children.
To add insult to injury…
Judge Almand later used the baby’s inappropriate removal to justify making the separation permanent, saying it would be too “traumatic” to return Sabrina to her natural parents. So, when Sabrina turned 3 April 3rd, she didn’t blow out her birthday candles in the kitchen where her heart-broken parents still keep her empty highchair.
This is what scares me. Government’s ability to walk into your home, take your three month old because of a anonymous tip– even when you’re working with them!– and then justify not returning the child because they goofed up in the first place.
- Hat Tip: Vox Day