Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves - Children's rights

 

CC:
The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The Honourable Governor General to Canada, Julie Payette
All Canadian Government Officials


This email comes to you on behalf of a growing group of thousands upon thousands of parents, grandparents and extended family members who are abused victims of family court and all who have a shared interest in the safety and welfare of our children.

All across Canada protective parents are being ignored, threatened and even jailed and their children are being placed into unsafe homes. While not every case that ignores abuse concerns ends with the death of a child it doesn’t mean these children do not suffer. The Adverse Childhood Experiences studies clearly demonstrate that exposure to high conflict and domestic abuse is child abuse and has both short and long term consequences for children.

Family courts in Canada are routinely failing to protect children and failing to provide support for their protective parents when abuse is disclosed and reported to the court, especially sexual abuse.

When children disclose abuse they are disbelieved and forced into unsupervised contact with and/or custody of their abuser., credible evidence is ignored, and the protective parent is often falsely accused of one or more of the following things: mental illness, inability to "get along" or "co-parent" with the abuser, attempting to alienate the children from the other parent, coaching, and/or lying. Family court judges all over our nation are ordering thousands upon thousands of children into unsupervised visitation and custody with suspected and known abusers.

This is a complete betrayal of their trust and a violation of their civil rights guaranteed to them by our Constitution. And Protective parents are punished for reporting abuse and trying to protect their children. Their punishment is greatly reduced and/or supervised time with their children, imprisonment, fines, or the very worst possible punishment of all - a complete severing of the parent-child relationship as per order of the court.

Our nation's children are our future and every level of government should be very concerned about this crisis. Those who suffer because of the family court and family services industry are crying out for help, but their cries are falling on deliberately deafened ears. The very system that has been put into place to help children and their families(s) re-victimizes and re-traumatizes them again and again and there is little to no oversight - no real accountability for their actions. Families are literally at the mercy of the system and there is rarely any mercy to be found. No reasonable person would ever expect a good parent to hand their child over to the one who abused them, yet family court judges regularly order good, protective parents to do that all across our nation with the threat of losing custody and/or jail time looming large over their heads if they don't comply. And Child Protection is either neglecting to protect abused children or they are removing children from good, safe homes and needlessly placing them into foster care and adopting them out. The system is beyond broken. Children and families are being grievously harmed and torn apart. One time is too many! One child is too many! One family is too many!

Most reports of child sexual abuse are not properly investigated and rarely is the perpetrator brought to justice and given real consequences for committing such a heinous crime. The judicial system has a clear disregard and lack of understanding of sexual abuse of a minor even though statistics tell us that less than 2% of sexual abuse allegations made by a child are false . Children in Canada have a right to safety yet they are continually denied this right.

Judges are not taking domestic violence, coercive control, and child abuse into consideration as they are required to by law when making decisions for custody and visitation. Family courts and Child Protection agencies do not properly investigate allegations of abuse, the result is that children are (often by force) put into unsafe and abusive situations. Protective parents are being slandered and maligned by judges, attorneys, and court appointed "experts" if they disagree with harmful court decisions and when they attempt to protect their children from abuse. Protective Parents are falsely accused of parental alienation, lying, controlling and manipulative behaviour, coaching their children, and having a mental illness. This is done to discredit them and silence them.

Child Protection agencies are fraught with problems, as well. Child protection case workers are often not properly trained and are not licensed social workers. This is an enormous problem as these unqualified individuals are making life-altering, life and death decisions for children who are at risk, and they are getting it wrong far too often. Many case workers do not properly investigate allegations of abuse, falsify records, omit information, and outright lie in order to shirk their responsibilities in real cases of abuse or to remove children from safe homes based on false allegations. Large case loads and low pay are often cited as the reason for these problems, but there is no acceptable excuse for ignoring abuse and endangering children or kidnapping children under color of law.

In Canada Child Protection agencies have been and is out of control for far to many years. There are over 50,000 kids in care in Canada every year, a number that is staggering and detrimental to the society. Manitoba alone has over 10,000 kids in care. This staggering number is unconstitutional and never seems to decrease.

Child "protection" has become more of a business than a public service as the agencies receives funding from the government when they remove children from their homes and place them into foster care. They receive money when those children are adopted out, as well. It is a lucrative, incentivized business. This is nothing more than glorified child trafficking. These injustices must stop!

Our nation's children are our future and every level of government should be very concerned about this crisis. Those who suffer because of the family court and family services industry are crying out for help, but their cries are falling on deliberately deafened ears. The very system that has been put into place to help children and their families(s) re-victimizes and re-traumatizes them again and again and there is little to no oversight - no real accountability for their actions. Families are literally at the mercy of the system and there is rarely any mercy to be found.

Our collective experiences with the Family Courts in Canada the following has become the normal:

1. Lawyers create a culture of hatred between the parents of the children for their own financial gain.

2. Judges ignoring claims of abuse by parents and children and accusing the parent of parental alienation allowing the abuser to gain full custody of the children.

3. Children who disclose abuse are being forced to their abusers’ custody by court orders.

4. The judges are untrained in domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual abuse and this renders them incapable of executing their judicial role.

5. Child Protective agencies are apprehending and keeping children at an alarming rate.

6. Sexual or physical abuse disclosures from children and adults go unpunished. The police and child protection agencies rule them unsubstantiated and close the file.

7. Child Protection agencies continue to place children into homes where abuse has been disclosed instead of revoking the foster home’s license.

8. Child Protection agencies have lost the ability to protect children.
We need changes to this system and bring the child’s interests first and foremost to ensure their safety. Too many times the legal battles put families into debt, destroys relationships between child and parent. This needless battle can be stopped when lawyers are not allowed to create a climate of hatred.

Protective parents have nowhere to go for help when the system fails and harms their innocent, vulnerable children. Hence the reason for this email. Every person who sent this to you has been harmed by the system or they know someone who has been harmed by the system. We respectfully and rightfully call for immediate investigation and redress of our grievances. We call for real accountability and oversight in family court and Child Protection matters. Most of all we call for the immediate and safe return of our children and grandchildren, many of which haven't seen their loving parents and other family members for years. For their sake we stand together with one voice to speak on their behalf.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute." Proverbs 31:8

Sincerely,
The Thousands Upon Thousands of Protective and erased Canadian Parents


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