Grandparents of abused girls pushing for change in child protection laws | New Hampshire:
An aging couple from the Monadnock region, they never planned to be at the center of a controversy over the handling of child abuse cases in New Hampshire.
Instead of anticipating their retirement, they're preoccupied with the challenges of raising two young granddaughters, now their adopted daughters.
"How things have changed in ten years. The NH Legislature wouldn't have had to step in if so many parent's and grandparents hadn't been railroaded for so many years by DCYF and the Family Courts. Parent's and their families were ALWAYS considered guitly, even after being proven innocent. Treated worse than convicted criminals, never allowed to admit evidence of innocence into Court. Back then, a parent was never given a chance to fail. Children were taken from families for frivolous reason's, nothing like these horrendous acts of abuse of the children and the children never returned. DCYF could even look into the future and determine the child would be neglected in the future. The Judges sided with DCYF and bam, the child was taken from not only parents, but grandparents and other family member's as well. Relatives never considered for placement. Federal mandates never followed, which included services that were never provided for at risk families.These parent's should never have been allowed unsupervised visits. Parent's whose children were removed for frivolous reasons and proven, falsely accused parents didn't even get unsupervised visits. Their children never beaten or sexually abused. Nothing that even came close to the abuse of these children. Even parents who proved their innocence, only supervised visits and their children never returned.It's not that more caseworkers are needed. They need to do REAL investigations, which they didn't do in the past and they need to stop railroading innocent families and concentrate on the truly abused."