Comments on: A new epidemic of hype won’t help ‘drug-dependent’ infants Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: MalindaS Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:08:21 +0000 I have posted two comments to this article attempting to give voice/another perspective to a silenced, massive group of parents and their children, we as court watchers and child advocates have been working with, for over 20 years… Neither of my statements have passed the Reuters gatekeepers.

Only one comment on this important article, on Reuter’s comment page? Seriously? There are 500,000 children in the foster care/group homes/on their way to forced adoptions scams in this country. The problem has reached the tipping point…critical mass…with angry, non offending, law abiding families losing their children to the state on very thin evidence and too often, NO evidence that parents have done any harm, to their children… and you only have one comment? This is a multi billion dollar child custody industry that rivals the defense budget… and deserves a deep looking into by the main stream press.

I laid out a chart from a report by The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington D. C. showing clearly the relative harm to children in the hands of the state vs.their own homes. NOT posted here. Why?

By: MalindaS Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:45:11 +0000 Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the United States. The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington D. C. reports:

Children in CPS custody: Physical Abuse (160)
Children in Parent’s custody: Physical Abuse (59)
Children in CPS custody: Sexual Abuse (112)
Children in Parent’s custody: Sexual Abuse (13)
Children in CPS custody: Neglect (410)
Children in Parent’s custody: Neglect (241)
Children in CPS custody: Medical Neglect (14)
Children in Parent’s custody: Medical Neglect (12)
Children in CPS custody: Child deaths (6.4)
Children in Parent’s custody: Child deaths (1.5)

By: mconley Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:55:25 +0000 The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse agrees that automatic reporting of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to child protective services agencies is not the right response to dealing with addiction and substance use by pregnant and postpartum women. Involving CPS for the sole reason that a mother is drinking or using drugs can do more harm than good for children. First, the threat of punishment causes women to avoid prenatal care and addiction treatment, dramatically increasing the risk of harm for mothers and babies. Second, removing the child often leads to poorer outcomes than offering services that can help keep families healthy and intact. The use of a punitive approach like mandatory reporting also erodes trust between the provider and patient. If we want to improve outcomes for these children, we must expand access to addiction treatment and social supports for women in the pre-conception, prenatal, and postpartum stages. Addiction treatment should be a standard part of prenatal care; unfortunately, treatment options for pregnant women are extremely limited. This includes access to methadone and buprenorphine, which, as the author points out, are appropriate treatments for pregnant women with opioid addiction. Providing treatment and support in prenatal care and postpartum can help keep families together and promote the best outcomes for mother and child alike.