Dave Solomon's State House Dome: Panel is told that child protection statute misses point | New Hampshire:
THE LEGISLATIVE PUSH to revise the state's child protection statute to become more child-friendly began in earnest on Friday, as the Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities in New Hampshire heard from a prominent pediatrician and the leader of the group that advocates for children in potentially abusive situations.
My comment: Up until just a few years ago, after the NH Legislature got involved, EVERY child was taken from their parent's and families and never returned. It didn't matter if the reports were true or false. Even proven false reports didn't matter and evidence proving innocence was never allowed into Court. A parent could have criminal charges dropped in Criminal Court due to evidence proving innocence, but Family Court would never drop the charges. All DCYF had to say was the child was in imminent danger, without proof of any wrongdoing and bam, the child was taken. Taken for stupid reason's, nothing even close to the three cases of these children. Frivolous, pathetic reasons. Services to at risk families before Foster care didn't exist. As for reunification, that was unheard of, and so was Relative placement. And parents and families were never afforded Due Process. Did anyone ever stop and think that the reason for this new found DCYF behavior is because DCYF failed two Child and Family Services Reviews and were in jeopardy of losing Federal funding for not following Federal mandates? After all the work the NH Legislature has done to protect parent's, families and their children, why should the State take ten steps back because DCYF didn't do their job and protect these children? They knew what was going on. These were cases of clear abuse, not something frivolous where the children should have been left in their homes.Vermont may want to rethink the way they handle their cases. They could also be in jeopardy of losing their Federal funding.