All that is wrong with the way children are removed from their parents by US state agencies acting for their supposed “protection”.
The scandal over immigrant children in the USA is part of much deeper problem of over-broad and poorly regulated powers of seizure and custody of children given to state agencies in Western countries. The US government has responded to the migrant children situation by piggy-backing on a system already in place of easy child confiscation by state agencies that is wide open to abuse.
This is the story of a little Indian girl in Scandinavia abandoned by her adopters and betrayed by the State. Statistics are showing that the rate of adoption failure in these countries is quite high, leaving rejected adoptees to be institutionalised and marginalised once more in their adopted land.
The European Empires and their nation-states which arose during the 18th and 19th centuries increasingly turned towards the Spartan ideal with its accent towards developing a strong military and a robust state necessitated by the demands of the Empire to possess a cohesive effective ruling class.
Global child rights discourse often turns the spotlight on how children are treated – historically and in present times – in the Third World. But it is also educational to turn the gaze around to study the treatment of children down the ages in the West. In this article we look at the child in Imperial Britain, Germany (Prussia) and France – the three dominant powers of Europe of the time.
Parents in the world’s leading welfare states are increasingly facing disagreement, hostility and suspicion from public services over their children’s medical treatment.
Will the Govenrment stand by them or cave to the USA?
A top Norwegian child protection expert, member of the exclusive 14-member national Expert Commission on Children, Jo Erik Brøyn, is found guilty of possessing and sharing about 200,000 pictures and 4000 hours of video showing children subjected to brutal sexual abuse. But the system appears to be very lenient on the question of this child psychiatrist’s two young children to whom he is the single parent. Is Norway’s child protection establishment reluctant to go after one of “their own”?
In this article you hear the voice of children against the Child Protection Services (CPS) – two girls who ran back to their mother after years of forced foster care and a little boy whose cries for his mother went unheeded. Also note the way the child who resists being separated from his family is drugged into submission by the system. This is also yet another story of Western CPS preying on mothers fleeing domestic violence.
“Children at risk of physical and sexual abuse require swift intervention. Yet more reporting may actually contribute to making children less safe. A flood of reports from laypeople, which are less likely to be accurate (and are often focused on social issues tied to poverty, rather than actual abuse), thins out already underfunded resources, while turning the attention of caseworkers away from children who need immediate intervention.”