In conversation I came across something that made me sit up and take notice.The Department of Human services (DHS), and the Department of Children’s services (DOCS) In Australia and any other name they chose to use through out the country all claim the same thing. They claim to protect children. It is becoming increasingly clear that in fact not all children are protected by them. Not all families are supported by them either.
On doing some research I have found some frightening stories. These are stories of how a disagreement can destroy families, and even worse, children torn away from loving mothers and families simply because the mother was young.
Now I don’t get how this system works. Sure if there is need for child protection because of abuse of some form then hell have at it. To remove a child just because some one says something or because the mother is young, well that does not sit well with me.
How does this department justify hounding young pregnant women, demanding they sign the child over as they won’t be a fit parent. This action I had thought was done away with long ago. First there was the stolen generation. Indigenous Children ripped from their families simply because the white man thought he could raise them better. Well guess what that was a huge mistake. This child stealing didn’t stop there, they also put huge pressure on single mums to hand over their children. What is even worse is they are still doing it to this day.
I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but kids these days seem to be more mature at 14, 15, 16 years of age than they were 10, 20, even 30 years ago. Granted not all are but there are some great kids out there with good heads on their shoulders.
See if you can picture this. A 15 year old finds herself pregnant, she goes to all the parenting courses and does everything possible to prepare for the birth and subsequent homecoming of her new baby. DHS get word of the pregnancy and jump to attention telling this young woman she will be a bad mother and should give her child up. We EXCUSE ME!!! How the hell do they know?? How can they justify treating people like this?? Well guess what, THEY CANT!!! But that does not stop them.
Then there are stories of families being torn apart because of a dispute in the family or the neighbourhood. People can just take a dislike to you, phone DHS and they in turn will come and take your children and put them into care. They can then take their sweet time investigating your case and it may be up to 12 months before you get your kids back. Meanwhile your kids in some cases Die in care, or are abused in care. All children suffer being ripped from their families in such a fashion. Look if there is evidence of the abuse sure get the kids out, no child needs to suffer abuse. The most important thing I think is there are kids out there who DO need help, but because of these false claims and the hounding of young mothers these kids are not getting the help the so desperately need. How many kids are going to suffer before the government wakes up and fixes things up.
You don’t have to take my word for any of this. Restrictions on Parents – Aust.Child Services on Facebook was set up so some very brave people could post their stories and get these serious problems out in the open. So pop by and give them a like and share the page, if enough people hear about it then maybe some changes can be made.