Saturday, June 25, 2011

BC father of autistic girl has child taken away

Totally ridiculous.

She's not abused. She's healthy. But the government has decided that this single father of three children (two of whom are autistic) is too much for him to handle.

How would they know?

“Basically, what they’re saying is I’m a single dad and I have two autistic kids and my other son and it’s too much for me to handle. So, they’re going to take one of my kids away to lighten my load,” said Derek on Tuesday, after learning he wouldn’t even be able to see his daughter until a hearing determines access rights.

He did nothing wrong.

They just decided that he's overloaded.

Here's an idea: If you're going to waste taxpayer's money putting this child in a home, why not just use it to pay for a special worker to help him out?

Not that I'm a big fan of state intervention, but it would be a better expenditure of resources.

And here's another question: what about mom? I mean we don't know what mom's situation is, maybe there's a special reason why she doesn't have custody of the kids. But shouldn't mom have been the first choice to place the kids? Like maybe dad take two kids, and mom take one?

Were there no other relatives available to help?

Child Protection is totalitarian. It's the only word for it.