Parental Rights and Agency Workers

Every state authorizes certain personnel – doctors, police, child services investigators (the list varies by state) – to remove your children from your care without a warrant, a court order, or any proof of abuse or neglect. Though many cases are overturned for those who can afford to appeal, such an atmosphere in the lower courts sees abuses getting worse every year.

Real Stories; Real Problems

Lying in Court
In a Texas case, a child services investigator had to be sanctioned by a judge for lying in court to illegally remove a child from her father.


Boy AbusedAbuse in Adoption
In North Carolina (2016), a young man sued the child services supervisor "who adopted him, only for her and her boyfriend to spend several years abusing him."


Workers Force Way into Home
In Loudermilk v. Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, a federal district court ruled that Arizona child services investigators were protected by immunity when they forced their way into a family’s home without a warrant using threats of taking the couple’s children away. Such threats, according to the court, do not constitute coercion, so the parents’ Fourth Amendment rights – says the court – were surrendered voluntarily.


Report Hidden from Parents
In California, a diabetic child services investigator took a little girl from her mother’s (Vanessa Wilson) care under the incorrect assumption that the diabetic girl’s blood sugar numbers should be comparable to her own. When checked at the local hospital, the little girl was found to be healthy and stable, her numbers improved from when she was recently diagnosed with the condition.

Yet child services investigators and prosecutors withheld the doctor’s findings from the judge and parents through two separate hearings. They kept the child for more than a month before parents finally saw the report and had the child returned.


video-Vanessa-ShanksVindictiveness
Social workers in Kentucky proved completely vindictive when a mother (Vanessa Shanks) stood up to them. Social Services took her children, took children of her relatives (at 3:00 in video), and even removed the children of her lawyer (at 4:15) from the lawyer’s home!

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