At first glance, a church daycare would seem like one of the safest places on the planet a child could be. Sure, there are mild dangers (kids spreading infections to each other, for example), but this article isn’t about that.
For various reasons, we live in a society that has become terribly irrational regarding child abuse prevention. The sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church are often cited as a reason for suspected child abuse being the “McCarthyism” of our era. Whatever the reason, a state-sanctioned witch hunt is in full force and parents who are unaware of this are increasingly vulnerable.
Child Protective Services exists, in theory, to protect children from abuse, but this is a smokescreen. What is its real purpose for existing? Like so many government entities, it exists for the sake of money, period. The foster care system is not fundamentally about providing housing for children without families; it is an industry preoccupied with money. Nancy Schaeffer, a Georgia senator who helped publicize CPS’s little known quota system, likened CPS to Gestapo (click here to read Schaeffer’s full report). According to Schaeffer, given the population of a city, social workers are expected to place a proportional number of children in foster care per year. Grant money is contingent on the fixed number of children being placed. If children are returned to their parents, the agency loses grant money. Social workers, far from being “objective” investigators of suspected child abuse, have a vested interest in separating families. It’s tantamount to having a fox guard the chickens.
Consider the following true stories, keeping in mind these are not isolated incidents; rather they are indicative of a horrific, nationwide trend.
• An 11-year-old in Florida was taken away from his home by CPS. His parents’ crime? They were stuck in traffic, meaning they weren’t home as soon as the school bus dropped him off, so their son hung outside in the driveway shooting basketball for an hour and a half. A nosy neighbor reported this “neglect” and the family was destroyed as a result.
• A newborn in Michigan was taken away from her parents, who were falsely accused by the hospital of causing their daughter to have “shaken baby syndrome”. Though no evidence existed to incriminate the parents, the father was convicted and sentenced to prison.
• A girl was molested by her uncle. The girl’s mother, when she became aware of it, reported this to CPS. The result? Though the mother was not guilty of any wrongdoing, nor was she even accused of any wrongdoing—to the contrary, she was the one reporting the wrongdoing on her daughter’s behalf—the girl was taken away from her mother by CPS.
• A parent at a YMCA kissed his child on the lips (a demonstration of affection that, for many families, is perfectly normal and not remotely sexual in nature). Nevertheless, this parent was reported to CPS.
• A family with seven children was reported to CPS and lost custody of all of them. Their crime? The children were seen by neighbors briefly playing in the snow without shoes on.
• A girl in central Mississippi came to school on a cold winter day without a coat on. The result? The school reported the parents to CPS and the child was taken away from the home.
• A Florida woman whose newborn twins lost weight after birth was scheduled for a two week follow up to monitor the children’s weight gain, after supplementing breast milk with formula. The woman missed the appointment, was reported to CPS by the doctor, and the babies were taken away as a result.
What does all of this demonstrate? It shows a sickening predisposition on the part of CPS to destroy families all in the hypocritical name of “protecting” them. To put it bluntly, we live in an age when it is increasingly not safe to be a parent. Thankfully, CPS’s corruption is being increasingly reported in the media. Last spring, the Clarion-Ledger reported that the Sheriff in Hancock County on the Mississippi Coast was investigating CPS after allegations that social workers, in an effort to take children into custody without the necessary paperwork, were falsifying and altering paperwork parents had filled out. Last summer, News Mississippi reported that over the last five years there has been a 150% increase in the number of children taken into custody in Hancock County.
In America’s past, numerous groups have been oppressed by the government—women, blacks, Native Americans, etc. Today, parents are a key target. The U.S. Constitution would protect parents from such trampling if the Bill of Rights was meaningfully followed. One is reminded of what Jay Leno quipped when referring to budding democracies in the Middle East writing constitutions for themselves: “They can have ours; we’re not using it anyway.”
Consider the grim reality: There are tax-payer funded predators lurking trying to fill their quotas. If you discipline your child in public, you’re liable to be accused of abuse. If you’re affectionate in public, you’re liable to be accused of pedophila. CPS has no paradigm for normal family love, so when they see it they assume it must really be lust.
What does all of this have to do with church daycares? On any given day of the week, do you know—intimately, to the point of trusting them with your very soul—the people caring for your child? Are you sure they wouldn’t falsely accuse you and hand you over to the Gestapo? Would an innocent bruise on your child’s arm lead one of the staff or volunteers to report you? If you had a priceless diamond, you’d not leave it in the care of a stranger. If you ever left it with anyone, it would only be someone you profoundly trusted. Why, then, would you leave your children with a stranger? Your children are not expendable; don’t treat them as though they were.
Is it possible your child could go daycare and nothing negative happen? Sure. But putting your child in that situation is like living on an active volcano. Sure, you may live there for years without an eruption. But you can never know when it might happen.
You may be wondering how you could make it work financially if you pull your baby out of daycare. I can’t promise the decision won’t cause a financial strain. I can’t promise it won’t be hard. I can promise, though, that leaving your children with strangers leaves your family with no safeguard against government oppression. As Steve Brown likes to say, “You think about that.”