“The Georgia Nine” Case: Over-zealous DHS Wreaks Havoc on Families

I am copying this story directly from a parentalrights.org email I received. I was not able to find a link to a newspaper article about this case, likely because not many newspapers or other news organizations are covering it.

I have become aware of other cases of abuse committed by Child Protective Services in other states, Arizona, Georgia, and Kentucky, for instance. I may share those stories in future postings. The details of what parentalrights.org calls “The Georgia Nine” case are harrowing for any parent. I have no reason to doubt their veracity. I simply cannot imagine losing my children to state custody for any reason, but to lose them for allegations that are transparently false, and to have the state, represented by the Department of Human Services (if ever there was a greater misnomer!), keep moving the goalpost of requirements for re-gaining custody is a nightmare I hope no other family has to endure.

I’m glad the parents, in these nine cases, were finally reunited with their children. I suspect none of them will ever leave home without photo IDs and birth certificates of all their children stowed in the glove compartment of their cars. Is that a precaution parents need to take in these days of government agencies attempting to assert control over our children? How deranged is that!

If you’re interested in learning more about parentalrights.org and their efforts to pass a Parental Rights Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, I encourage you to visit their website.

“The Georgia Nine” Case
You may remember when we told you about Tobias, the dad who called us after his kids and those of several of his fellow church members were unjustly taken by the government. The “Georgia Nine” case is a story filled with corruption, invasive investigations, and abuse. Nine parents and their 14 children will never be the same because of what was done to them.

While these families made an emergency stop in Mississippi on their way home from a church conference, several of the kids took advantage of the down-time to raise money for their church dance team. That’s when over-zealous social worker Philana Harrell accused the families of “child trafficking.”

One false allegation. That’s all it took for the government to change these families’ lives forever.

Harrell insisted that the parents must provide proof that these children were actually theirs before they could have them back. First, this meant that they needed to show photo ID’s and birth certificates. But by the time one couple had driven all the way home to Atlanta to retrieve these and made it back to the police station in Mississippi, Harrell had decided that was no longer good enough.

Most of us would not think twice about traveling with our children from one state to another with no more identification than our driver’s license. But can you imagine being told that finger printing and a background check were required to prove that your children actually are your children? That’s exactly what Harrell had the audacity to demand of these families under color of law.

In the meantime, Harrell and her colleagues caused direct trauma to the children by separating them from their own moms and dads and putting them into foster families, some of which proved to be abusive. Is that the mark of a government that acts in the best interests of children?

Months of invasive and traumatizing investigations followed. These families did everything that was asked of them — over and over again! — yet the Department of Human Services employees kept changing the requirements and continued to refuse to return the children!

It wasn’t until almost 5 months after that church trip that all of the children were finally back home with their parents.

At no point were the parents charged with any crime. There were no allegations of abuse or neglect (except that original, baseless accusation of “child trafficking”). In fact, there was no evidence of any wrongdoing whatsoever. Just one child services investigator who, armed with the power of the government, decided she knew what was best for these children.

“It makes our children [feel] as if we couldn’t protect them,” Dupree stated in an interview with parentalrights.org. “Our children should always see us as Superman or Superwoman, and they took that from us that day.”

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.

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