Many articles expected in the in India
We are looking forward to, hopefully, several articles about Western child protection which will, again hopefully!, enlighten the Indian public about the dark sides of child protection as carried out in Western countries.
Here comes an article which is introductory to a whole series:
Legal experts, doctors, and investigative journalists alleged that the US child protection agencies were biased and used flawed techniques to detect abuse.
Sunday Guardian, New Delhi, 17 September 2017
"Suranya Aiyar, a New-Delhi based lawyer, who has been providing counsel and aid to Indian families in the US, Norway and other countries to help them get back their confiscated children, recently submitted a “Report on Indian and India-Origin Children Confiscated by the United States Child Protection Agencies” to the Ministry of External Affairs. Based on her extensive case study of 12 Indian families, who were falsely accused of child abuse, her report sheds light on the US agencies’ many biases and flawed methodology. The report wants a travel advisory to be issued to young Indian families moving to the US of possible confiscation of their children as, in most cases, the victim families are not aware of what might goad the child protection agencies to initiate action against them."
"... co-sleeping (baby sleeping in the same bed as parents), absence of adequate toys, lack of cribs, and even the child being noisy are all accounted to “poor or inappropriate parenting” and used to establish the “incapability of the parents to raise the child according to the US standards”."
"It took Kumar six months to prove his innocence and get back his son. Speaking to this newspaper, American lawyers and researchers claimed that if the defence is really strong it still takes six to seven months to get justice. In the case of loose defence, the process may extend to over a year, where the parents may even face the threat of their child being given up for adoption."
Articles in the internet edition of the Chicago Tribune around 15 years ago reported on the federal government of the USA in 1997 pressing for increased adoption of foster children. Eager compliance from social agencies may also have increased the taking of children into care.
Chicago Tribune, 24 September 1999
Chicago Tribune, 24 September 1999
It met some opposition in the Supreme Court of the state of Illinois:
Chicago Tribune, 21 September 2001
but got a rosy success-description in 2003:
Chicago Tribune, 20 October 2003
Another country going strongly and in accelerated tempo for very early forced adoption of children taken from their families, even straight from the maternity ward right after birth, is Britain. The story is, according to information from Britain at the time, this: There were numerous complaints that foster care was an unsatisfactory solution for a large number of children. At the same time it was found that children in foster care cost society too much. While Paul Yaw Boateng was Minister of State for Home Affairs in 1998 – 2001, legislation and practice were introduced awarding some kind of reward or award to social service offices which were active having foster children adopted away as soon as possible. Today in 2017, the practice seems very prevalent in British social work for children, cf many of Christopher Booker's articles:
"Several media reports have regularly accused the US state foster care of sexually and physically abusing children. While the US authorities claim to do a rigorous background check before registering a foster home, parents have often complained that their children have been returned to them with bruises and nutritional deficiency, caused by neglect."
"“The problems started when funds started flowing from Washington DC to the states for ensuring that no child is abused. Over the years, the entire industry has developed around it,” Susan Goldsmith, an investigative journalist from Oregon, told this newspaper. Susan has made a documentary called The Syndrome, showcasing the evidence that SBS is a mistaken theory and only ends up sending innocent parents to jail."
"Interestingly, according to Susan’s documentary, The Syndrome, the National Centre for Shaken Baby Syndrome, which sells teaching packages for parents, made a net profit of $2,372,627 from product sales between 2011 and 2013."