Parents need to be aware that “Child Protective Services” may not be providing protection, but rather preforming a form of legal kidnapping. The daughters of Edith (Edie) Fernandez, ages 11 and 8, were removed from their Murray home by the Division of Child and Family Services while Fernandez visited with friends in Wendover, Utah. According to Michael Humiston, Fernandez’s attorney, the children had been left in the competent care of their 18-year-old sister. Since then, Edie, a petite, attractive woman, has shed gallons of tears while struggling with the gargantuan bureaucracy of an all-powerful state agency. To this day, she still does not understand why she has been deprived of her children, even though she has tried to do everything humanly possible to satisfy DCFS directives.
When Edie found out that her daughters had been molested by a 15-year-old nephew, she immediately rushed the girls to Primary Children’s Hospital where an examination confirmed the molestation. Edie says she was interviewed by a police officer at the hospital who told her he would send another policeman to her house to investigate the attack. Two days later, while Edie was away from home, her children were taken into custody by DCFS officials. Edie says that her 18-year-old daughter protested, but the DCFS officials told her to “shut up” and threatened to arrest her.
Humiston claims that “The federal government pays the state of Utah at least $25,000 for each child the state can remove from families and place in foster care.”
The story of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier is simply jaw-dropping. Watch this report and ask yourself what you would do if you were Lou Pelletier and they had done this to YOUR daughter:
This is from ABC’s report:
Her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., say their daughter was diagnosed and being treated at Tufts Medical Center for mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder with physical symptoms that can affect every part of the body. Justina’s sister Jessica, 25, is also being treated for the disease.
But three days later, a team of doctors at Boston Children’s said her symptoms were psychosomatic, according to the family. The hospital then filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, as required by law, because they suspected the parents of child abuse for subjecting their daughter to invasive medical treatments and denying her mental health therapy.
They laid out a treatment plan for Justina, which her parents refused to sign, and on Feb. 14, 2013, when they attempted to check their daughter out of Boston Children’s to take her back to Tufts to resume medical treatment, the family said they were told by Boston Children’s that they could not discharge Justina.
“We never got anything in writing,” said Lou Pelletier, a financial planner and father of four girls. “While all the security guards were showing up, we actually called 911 and said our daughter had been kidnapped by Boston Children’s Hospital.”
Pelletier said three detectives spoke to the family, then they were brought into a room and the medical team told them the hospital had contacted the DCF and under a “51A,” the section of Massachusetts law that mandates health officials and others to report suspected child abuse, and “they were taking custody of our daughter.”
“We didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye,” he told ABCNews.com.
This happened a YEAR ago. Justina is still being held captive in the DCF system right now. Her parents are only allowed to see their daughter on one-hour weekly supervised visits. Their daughter’s medically diagnosed illnesses aren’t being treated, and her parents’ wishes for treatment have been completely ignored and overruled.
‘They told me that Mitochondrial Disease did not exist,’ says Lou, a financial planner. ‘Instead, they said she had Somatoform Disorder, which is effectively a stress-related mental problem.
‘They said she had been misdiagnosed, overmedicated and forced to undergo unnecessary procedures. It was as though they were accusing us of needlessly harming our daughter.’
Three days later staff handed Justina’s mother Linda a list of ‘guidelines’ for her care that included ‘strict limitations’ on the family’s involvement and a clause ruling out second opinions.
When Linda objected – and tried to take Justina off to nearby Tufts for a pre-arranged appointment with her regular specialist — child welfare workers were called in.
Within 24 hours, a judge ruled Justina had to stay at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families was effectively given custody. The family has been fighting to get her back ever since.
There are many stories of children being removed from good homes all over the U.S. It makes me sick to think how easy it is to lose your children to the government.
Source: Will County News