Do you have the right to be a parent to your child? The government doesn’t think so.
Amy Fabbrini is a mother in Oregon whose two children have been taken away because she and her partner, who is the father of both kids, have been deemed not smart enough to be parents by the state. Both parents have lower IQs that Oregon claimed interfered with their “ability to safely parent their child.”
Back in 2012, another parent with a slower mental capacity was deemed unfit by the state of Massachusetts. Sara Gordon’s daughter, Dana, was taken away and placed with foster parents, starting a two-year battle for her custody that Sara eventually won.
Walter Olson of the Cato Institute joined Glenn on radio Wednesday to analyze Fabbrini’s troubling case.
“These stories are so disturbing,” Olson said.
Essentially, the state doesn’t have to prove anything definite to take away a child. The argument is that they are going by the expert’s recommendation for what’s best just in case something could happen. In Fabbrini’s case, her estranged father told authorities she is an unfit mother; however, people closer to her have vouched for her ability to parent.
“If the [authorities] want to take your child, they’ve got him,” Olson said.
Olson pointed out that people working in child protective services have seen cases where abuse was actually happening and tend to overreact.
“It’s been called ‘worst to first’ thinking,” he explained. “If you’re in the child protection business, then, you know, everything looks like a danger . . . you always think the worst possible thing could happen.”