Most child welfare investigations nationwide find no evidence of abuse or neglect. Even so, many families are broken up and children suffer severe trauma as a result of being separated from their parents (and often placed in dangerous and defiling environments). One Iowa mother is fighting back, filing a lawsuit against Iowa social services after her five-year-old daughter was taken for two weeks based on a false allegation.
The…abuse allegation was false and no child abuse investigation was filed by DHS, but the department refused to return the child until after the article about the case ran in The Gazette, Natalie Cronk, Wilbur’s attorney, said.
Cronk said DHS contacted Wilbur at that point and said her child would be returned if she signed a plan to assure the child’s safety. The plan had nothing to do with the initial allegations.
* * *The suit asks the court to declare the DHS policy of taking children away from their parents by obtaining signatures on voluntary foster care placement from parents with no custodial rights as a violation of Iowa law and constitutional principles.
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