Watching the Waters has a horrific tale of child abuse committed by the state.
I begin with a disclaimer: I don’t know this woman, or the woman whose child was removed. I don’t know if it is one of those situations like with MilitaryMom, who blogged her sons drowning death and the general suspicion was that she was an irresponsible mother neglecting her son so she could describe her chickens. But the facts as they are presented here are incredibly scary:
I am sometimes so incredibly floored that I cannot put together coherent thoughts.
This is one of those times.
A good woman, an incredible parent, a mom who takes in the hardest of the hard children, has had three children removed from her home.
Her county is working overtime (they showed up at her home on Veteran’s Day) to try and remove her other 10 children.
Her crime? The alleged abuse?
I would love to say I am joking. I would love to say that this is a prank of some sort. It is not.
Rachel’s blog is here. I’ve not read it all, but there are updates and it’s harrowing.
Again: I don’t know if there is more to the story. But I think in general there should be an extremely high bar for removing legally adopted children from a home. (This seems to be an increasingly common response by governments in which the person has little recourse. Removing children is traumatic for the children and the parents. The governments should be damn sure there is actual abuse or illegal activity happening, and not just something they don’t like. Selling drugs from the home? Sure, remove the kids. But if a parent smokes while outside? No. NO.
Every day I rant about the ballooning scope of government. This is the danger of that expansion: that they are becoming intimately involved in the most sacred relationship at all: that of a family.
This has got to stop.