State seeks balance in child protection statutes | New Hampshire:
- Bedford attorney Rus Rilee and his clients hope their public lawsuits over the state's handling of child abuse cases will provide momentum for changing the state's Child Protection Act to more aggressively promote child safety instead of its current emphasis on parental rights.
"For everyone who has a story to tell of children who should have been placed in Foster care, there are at least ten families where the children shouldn't have been removed to begin with.What is considered to be imminent danger? Is it a child whose mother was given morphine in labor and subsequently, the morphine spilled into the baby? Is it when a Mother walks into a Hospital and her daughter of 4 years old walks down three steps behind her, so the Mother is accused of being intoxicated, but blood tests proved no alcohol? There are way too many of these cases just as frivolous as these where parents and their families lost the children for good to Foster care and adoption. Where parents had no rights at all and NO Due process.State Rep. Dan Itse is right. Are any of you even aware that when proven false reports are called in against a parent or family member, that report STILL goes against the parent/family member for three years? A proven false report SHOULD be scrapped and never be brought up, but once in Court that doesn't happen. The reports STILL go against the accused and they're still treated as if they're guilty.So how much longer should these false reports hang over ones head?"