Skip to comments.Who Owns Our Kids Anyway?
Posted on 05/20/2014 2:31:24 AM PDT by Kaslin
On Valentine's Day 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took into emergency custody then-14-year-old Justina Pelletier because the doctors at Tufts Medical Center and doctors at Boston Children's Hospital collided over the diagnosis of her rare medical condition. But when medical egos and battles lead to a child's being torn from her parents by judges ruling on dubious grounds, isn't it time to confess that something is seriously askew in society and even under the stethoscope?
Fox News recently summarized the 15-month custody catastrophe by explaining that Tufts was originally treating Justina for a rare mitochondrial disease affecting cellular energy production. When gastrointestinal problems complicated her ailments, Tufts' doctors referred her to Boston Children's Hospital. But those doctors diagnosed her instead with somatoform disorder -- a psychological condition that has no known physical origin.
Justina's parents immediately rejected the new psychiatric diagnosis and let their grievances be known to the Boston Children's Hospital personnel. But rather than console and work with the parents, the staff called in the state, which in turn accused the parents of medical child abuse.
Justina was held captive for nearly a year in a psychiatric ward for children before being transported to a Wayside Youth & Family Support Network facility. In March, a juvenile court judge reprimanded the parents for verbal assault and abuse. But Justina's parents cried foul, claiming the judge ignored Tufts' standing medical testimony that their daughter's diagnosis was in fact mitochondrial disease.
Fox News further reported this past week that after being held for 15 months by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Justina was moved to a facility in her own state of Connecticut. Ironically, that transfer came a day after her family was denied a visit with her in the previous facility on Mother's Day.
Justina's father told Fox News that the new facility is "only 15 minutes closer" than the Massachusetts complex and that it was "just a lateral move." Her parents went on to say the move was "not at all meant as a step toward regaining custody," which a judge will ultimately decide. They called the whole hospital-state fiasco with their child "barbaric."
Since the whole custody tragedy began, Justina's parents have been granted only hourly visits each week. And throughout it all, Justina hasn't attended school or church and, most heartbreaking of all, has been kept from the security, safety and loving warmth of her own family, home and bed. Is it any wonder why her condition continues to deteriorate?
All Justina's parents want now is for the commonwealth of Massachusetts to allow their beloved child to finally come home and celebrate her 16th birthday on May 24. Isn't that the least that state officials could do, especially after all the family has been through?
My friend Mike Huckabee stated it well back in March: "What a shame when the government thinks that it knows better (how) to take care of the medical treatment of the daughter than the mother and the father do."
Huckabee added, "There's something wrong when a government kidnaps children from their own families." And I would add that there is something equally wrong when a situation such as this prompts millions of other parents across the country to become paranoid about taking their child to the hospital for fear that a misdiagnosis could lead to the child's abduction by the state.
The problem is that these medical mishaps with government intervention are becoming more commonplace. And do we really expect them to lessen when government has totally taken over the medical world via Obamacare?
If you think the federal government will never tell you what to do with your child's health care, remember that the Affordable Care Act provides (via grants to states) for home visitation programs by government agents to educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.
Imagine how that health care provision might play out as state officials walk into your home invoking their values and beliefs upon your parenting and children.
It's time for the government to stop overreaching into our families and dictating where children can pray, what children will learn, what children will eat, what medical treatment children will receive and where children will go to school.
Government needs less of a role in running our families and more of a role in supporting parents' decisions for their children. Children belong to their parents, not to the government. And parents ought to have the right and government support to parent them without federal mandates, education or invasion in our homes.
That is why many of our Founding Fathers shared a sentiment that can be summarized in this statement: That government is best which governs least.
As Huckabee put it, "I know that mothers and fathers raise better children than governments ever will."
Not directed at you Kaslin but: Why that picture for the story? Why not a pic of Justina or the Pelletiers?
As to who owns our kids...it’s the people that pay to educate them, and that is the government.
Sure, the money starts with taxpayers, but the CHECKS come from government agencies, as they are the ONLY entities that can FORCIBLY take money from people. Yes, you parents who send your kids to public schools see all the smiling faces of the teachers and the administrators, telling you how important “parental involvement” is, but they DESPISE YOU and YOUR TYPE, particularly if ever question how and what they teach, and they have you thrown in jail if you question too hard. But helping out on field trips and bake sales (if they still have any) is just fine, so feel important.
So, send Johnny to school again this morning, and watch how he continues to drift out of your orbit, into theirs.
This has nothing to do with school. Did you even read the article?
Copyright issues, probably. Townhall chooses a free stock photo.
Kids “own” themselves. Parents are loving guardians. The state should butt out.
I wonder if there is a bounty on new cases for Social Services. A relative was 'interviewed' by Social Services--in a Parochial School--without notification of parents before, during, or after the interview. The same child had been grabbed off the street and held hostage by Social Services for over a year due to a playmate's parent dropping her off at her former address, and had been run through a string of abusive foster homes, so for her it was like escaping the camps to go in for Gestapo Questioning.
When confronted, the Principal of the School claimed it was perfectly legal for her to do this. (The retort was that it is perfectly legal to abort your child, too, but that doesn't make it right.) The kid changed schools that day, and as long as that principal is at the school, none of our family's children will be.
The evil that is Social Services (yes, evil) is far more pervasive than people give it credit for, makes up rules as it goes along, and as it has been my experience, has no affection for the truth if it gets in the way of their agenda.
“Freedom is a gift of God” and it requires a religious and moral people. The two-parent family is being destroyed because it is the fundamental structure necessary to secure the blessing of freedom. The Left knows that the family structure stands in the way of their Utopian dream and so they make war against it and the values that sustain it.
Well the fathers are financially obligated to them for 18 years but they aren’t necessarily permitted visitation rights so they don’t own them.
The mothers can kill them for the first 9 months of gestation for reasons ranging from “I didn’t like the guy THAT much” to “I wanted a girl baby” to “I wanna be on Big Brother tv show!”...
But ultimately the State wants to teach your children what’s “true” and send them into your house to rat you out for owning a firearm, saying “racist” things, not enrolling in Obamacare, etc...
No kidding. When my kids were young, I had to teach them to simply LIE, if they got caught up with that mob. I told them that if you admit to being spanked, guess what, you get a BRAND NEW mom and dad. That did sink in. I also told them that no matter what they promise you when detained, if you tell them NOTHING (useful) they cannot separate you from your parents (barring physical evidence...which doesn’t happen in our family). Even when they tell you that if you rat out your parents, you will then get to see them - I told them to NEVER believe that, simply hold strong until they give up. I also told them that ANYTHING they write in a ‘journal’ WILL be read by the social workers (i.e., teachers), so don’t write anything you wouldn’t say out loud. Just make up really boring stuff, like you got home, ran around in the backyard, ate dinner, watched TV...every day.
Thankfully, the first part of the advice worked well - the kids knew that NOTHING that happens in the family is any business of any social worker (that includes teachers), and they never had a problem.
The people that go into ‘education’, their FIRST GOAL, is to save the kids from their Tea Party parents - they are driven to that by a force so strong that normal people cannot imagine it. I met some of them in college, they were very scary people, and I really feel bad for the kids they get to ply their trade on.
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