Almost nightly, news reports are replete with details regarding dead and injured children at the hands of their capturers, it doesn’t seem to matter which side of the fence you sit.
If the parents are poor, struggling in these harsh economic times, it’s more than likely the parents are ill educated and either doing or dealing drugs. Most get started because the rent still has to be paid and the kids still have to eat. The children have been exposed to drugs, harmful chemicals and dumb ass attacks from parents too stoned out of their minds to care.
Welfare workers do not want these children. Grandparents can call Child Protective Services ’til the cows come home. Those kids aren’t going anywhere, unless there is a catastrophe. If a child is not badly burned, disfigured or murdered — a case that makes the news, in many instances, those kids are going nowhere. It costs the state money to take on these cases.
State-financed child welfare departments choose instead to round up the children of parents who are on the upper rung of the lower class and creeping slowly into the middle class.
You see, if they can find (or in some cases, create) something to charge you with, state child welfare investigators will remove your children from your home (for their own well-being, of course) and thus begin the process, where you spend every dime you have, jumping through hoops, mandated by child protection workers.
There are a great many jobs dependent on our children. Every person in the courtroom, including the judge, owes their job to the children of accused (not convicted, just accused) parents. The judge, the bailiff, the court reporter, the caseworkers, counselors, foster parent, service workers, medical doctors, and the list goes on.
The old adage, "He who pays the piper, calls the tune," certainly applies here. The state pays for services (with a huge donation from the federal government) — most low to middle class parents can’t afford to hire an attorney, so they rely on the state to provide for their defense. These attorney’s work everyday with these same people. They eat lunch together, share funny e-mails, they might even go out after work together for cocktails. The only one left out of the loop is you and your son or daughter.
The only way I see to combat current trends in a meaningful way, is for the children who were wrongfully removed from loving, caring parents to sue the state for damages. Of course the last thing on an 18 year olds’ mind is a protracted court battle and attorney visits.
In most states, young adults have the right to bring suit for damages, against the perpetrators for injustices, which have occured to them, as juveniles — in many states for up to five years from the time the child has turned 18.
Have you, or do you know someone who was harmed by our family court system? We need to encourage these young people to seek out pro bono independent legal representation.
Young men and women have lost touch with their natural born parents. They have lost their right to inherit from their parents and their chance to know their own family history. In short, millions of children are being robbed of their family heritage — a God given right.
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