Why Does The Press Only Seem To Care About Broken Attachments For Border-Crossing Children?
By Paula Rinehart 21, 2018
Pediatricians and immigrant advocates in South Texas are sounding the alarm that separating migrant children from their parents is giving them “toxic stress.” Change.org offers a tool kit to protest this trauma. Report after report features distraught children torn from the arms of their parents. This really is a tragic picture, although the parents put themselves at risk by heading across the border in spite of warnings they would be separated from their children.
A deeper question, though, lurks beneath this sudden concern for the welfare of children at the border. The repercussions associated with broken attachments and disrupted bonding are widely known and extensively researched. But why has the spotlight landed on migrant children in particular, when so many others in the United States suffer the same kind of trauma? It seems attachment theory is only relevant to the press when it serves liberal ideological ends.
A Deafening Silence
In the current crisis of opioid addiction and foster care, many children form attachments to a family who wants to adopt them, often waiting up to three years for a birth parent or blood relative to come forward or enter drug treatment. These children live in foster care Never-Never Land, but they also bond with a family while they wait. All too often, these children are then ripped out of the only family they have ever known, suffering the trauma of broken attachments, over and over again. This is the tragedy that doesn’t make the news.
Mom Brings Coughing 10-Month-Old to the Hospital. Days Later, Cops Take the Baby.
‘They already had a foster parent in the room, to remove my son… before they ever proved there was an emergency situation.’
Fox 9 reports that Dwight Mitchell, the founder, had his child taken away from him “unfairly” for 22 months. His group now has over 1,000 members. One of them is Amanda Weber, whose son was taken from her for a week after she brought him to the hospital to be examined for a cough:
The doctor deemed him stable and notes show the diagnosis was, in fact, a cough. However, the recommendation was that the patient should have stayed. Weber took him home.
“After waiting, I had asked to leave because I wanted to put my kids to bed and I had my three-year-old with me and I asked if there was anything else that had to be done,” said Weber.
“They said ‘No, there was no other testing or anything that needed to be done.'”
In a couple of days, police were at her door and took Zayvion to the doctor.
“She checked him out, all his vitals were stable,” she said. “They already had a foster parent in the room, in the room to remove my son before they ever proved … before they ever proved there was an emergency situation.”
This practice—overly suspicious government officials seizing children from their parents—isn’t confined to Minnesota. In Chicago, a mom named Stephanie took her toddler, “A,” to the doctor because the girl’s arm seemed tender. The doctor said it was probably just a case of “nursemaid’s elbow,” but suggested mom follow up at the hospital, where it was discovered that the girl had a fracture. Emergency room doctors assured Stephanie that fractures were very common in toddlers learning to walk. However, the one doctor on staff who specialized in “child abuse pediatrics,” thought otherwise.
The Family Defense Center in Chicago took the case. In its newsletter, the group writes that the Department of Child and Family Services allowed the child to go home:
….but only on the condition that Stephanie move out of her own home and have supervised contact with A. Because Stephanie has no relatives in Chicago, her parents flew to Chicago each week from the San Francisco Bay Area to care for A. This exhausting ordeal continued for nearly four months.
During the investigation, DCFS blatantly ignored the opinions of the leading orthopedists and relied exclusively on the child abuse doctor’s opinion. In March, the State’s Attorney’s office filed a petition to take custody of A., initiating a court proceeding that lasted for two and a half months.
Finally, in mid-May, the State’s Attorney’s office concluded that it did not have enough evidence to proceed further, and it asked the juvenile court judge to dismiss the petition. Eventually, the “child abuse” doctor rescinded his conclusion that abuse had caused the fracture.
LIBERAL HYPOCRISY: An American Child Was Separated From Her Mother In California With No End In Sight
California Courts and Child Protective Services have thwarted
Ruby’s every attempt to find the whereabouts of her daughter
In view of the liberal outcry and feigned furor about the illegal immigrant’s “child separation” issue, the story of Lexi Dillon is as unbelievable as it is typical of the dysfunctional State of California. The following article provides an excellent overview of this uniquely American horror story — known as Lexi’s saga — which refuses to end.
The egregious breakdown of the Orange County Child Protective Services (CPS) and family court system in California is well-documented in the case of Lexi Dillon. Instead of protecting Lexi, the California CPS has gone out of its way to put her in harm’s way time and again. Ditto that for the presiding judges in this sordid matter.