The keystone of California Family Law has always been in ’the best interests of the child’. Given recent news of the separation of children from desperate migrant parents, the spotlight has been placed where it belongs, on child welfare and our country’s void in empathy.
It is shocking that there are so many cases reported recently in the media about DCFS, which was instituted to PROTECT children and where a hapless, but innocent, parent could find him or herself in the claws of a system where one is guilty until proven innocent. Yet, in spite of all good intentions, there have beenthe terrifying revelations recently of overworked and undertrained social workers leaving youngsters who have a multitude of complaints registered by mandated reporters and concerned family members returned to the offending parent, and then being reported to have died from the tortures sustained by a parent!!!
As disturbing as these reports are, in spite of the case of the torture death of little 8 year old Gabriel and 10 year old Anthony, the child abuse horrifically and callously perpetrated on the parents escaping life threatening situations in their native countries, having their little ones ripped from their arms and warehoused in buildings meant for furniture, carries this child abuse to an unbelievable level in fascist-like numbers! Our "leader," after claiming that only Congress could correct non-existent "laws".... after pressure that threatened to take away the wall obsession, issued the executive order (which all of a sudden became possible) to stop the abuse going forward, but without any plan for reunification of the little ones who were still non-verbal with their parents.
The psychological trauma to these children will never be erased. The bonding that is critical in the first two years of life has been destroyed. Even the horrendous internment of the Japanese during that racist scare allowed families to remain intact and supportive. The cost of the "jailing" of these little ones has been estimated to be at least one billion dollars. There has been little information of who is gaining financial gravy from thispractice. They will likely be some of Trump's biggest donors.
Recent articles on the border situation, contain comments from victims of protection during World War II when they were sent away from parents so that they would not beslaughtered by the Nazis. This willful and well-intended separation continued to haunt them and cause PTSD.
Some of the foster parents, who were likely not fully screened and vetted, could very well turn out to be pedophiles or just as abusive as the children sent to Dependency Court which I mentioned in the beginning of this blog.... and for what purpose were these families amputated? In order to put pressure on the recalcitrant legislators to agree to fund his version of the Berlin Wall!! This country is becoming more like an autocracy each day. While the marches and rallies are well intended, the ONLY march that will hopefully save what is left of our democracy will be a MASSIVE MARCH TO THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER!! To do less is to commit national suicide.