People that cannot – or will not – provide even the most basic of care, do not deserve to have children left with them for even 5 minutes
The only reason I can determine for that, is because they DON’T want the input of everyday people … especially those who are in the civil rights industry.
The rights of irresponsible parents / caregivers, trumps those of children. Why Do I say that? Read on:
* Disrupted School Experience (suspension or expulsion or drop out), was experienced by 43% of children of school age. By the time students with FAE reach adulthood, the rate of disrupted school experience peaks at 70%. Common school problems include: not paying attention; incomplete homework; can't get along with peers; disruptive in class; disobeying school rules; talking back to the teacher; fighting; and truancy.
* Trouble with the Law (involvement with police, charged or convicted of crime), was experienced by 42% of those in the study, and by about 60% of those age 12 and over. The most common first criminal behavior reported was shoplifting. The most common crimes committed (by almost half of individuals with FASD age 12-20) were crimes against persons (theft, burglary, assault, murder, domestic violence, child molestation, running away), followed by property damage; possession/selling; sexual assault; and vehicular crimes.
* Confinement (inpatient treatment for mental health, alcohol/drug problems, or incarceration for crime), experienced by 60% of those age 12 and over. Over 40% of adults with FASD had been incarcerated; about 30% of adults with FASD were confined to a mental institution; and about 20% had been confined for substance abuse treatment.
* Inappropriate Sexual Behavior was reported in 45% of the those age 12 and over, and 65% of adult males with FAE. This includes only sexual behaviors that had been repeatedly problematic or for which the individual had been incarcerated or treated. It is thought that the actual incidence of inappropriate sexual behavior is much higher, and not always reported by the individual or the family due to embarrassment or fear of being reported to authorities. Problem sexual behaviors most common with FASD include: sexual advances; sexual touching; promiscuity; exposure; compulsions; voyeurism; masturbation in public; incest; sex with animals; and obscene phone calls.
* Alcohol/Drug Problems were experienced by 30% of individuals age 12 and over. Of the adults with FAE, 53% of males and 70% of females experienced substance abuse problems. This is more than 5 times that of the general population.
If our children are our number one priority, then it’s well past the time we demanded changes to what the government and civil rights lawyers have decided is acceptable. What is now considered acceptable community standards is WRONG! VERY wrong!
"I understand where you want to go with this, and I don’t disagree that we need stronger sanctions against bad and unsafe parenting. But I’m at a loss as to how to do that without giving the State far, far too much authority in the realm of family autonomy. A tough dilemma, to be sure."