Sunday, March 02, 2014

CPS branded them unaccepting parents

What happens when a teenaged boy tells a school guidance counselor that he might be gay? In a Massachusetts case, the school sent him out to a gay youth organization to turn him against his parents, and then got CPS (aka DCF) involved.

National Review reports:
The following Monday, a social worker from DCF visited the Joneses, and, although they had explained the background issues and emphasized how much they loved their son, the social worker branded them “unaccepting parents” in their son’s presence. She told them that Tom could not go home with them and instead took him back to stay with the friend with whom he had spent the weekend, despite well-founded protests from his parents that the environment was unhealthy. The social worker also manipulated Mrs. Jones into signing a form requesting counseling from DCF by insinuating that failure to sign would delay the return of her son. On the basis of this form, which was signed under duress and which indicates that counseling was the only service to which his parents agreed, DCF now claims that its intervention was a response to the family’s voluntary request.
No one ever voluntarily requests help from CPS. I guess one lesson here is not to sign anything with CPS that might be construed as voluntarily letting them intervene.

Unless there is some law against being an "unaccepting parent", CPS has no business getting involved.

Someone might say, "A lot of parents might not understand that homosexuality is inborn, and give the boy bad advice." First, the scientific community says that it is unknown whether it is inborn or not. Second, even if it is inborn, the boy may just be in a questioning phase, and may not be gay. Third, there is no reason to believe that CPS advice will be any better than parental advice. Fourth, giving bad advice is a privilege of parenthood.

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