by Terri LaPoint
Health Impact News
It happens every day in America. Loving parents take their children to the emergency room for accidents, injuries, and illness.
Sometimes the child appears to be fine, but “to be on the safe side,” parents just want to get their child checked out.
Other times, the parents don’t know what’s wrong, but they look to the “experts” to figure out what is going on. They are worried about their child.
The last thing on their mind is that someone could come in and take their child away from them, accusing them of child abuse.
Yet it is becoming increasingly common for a trip to the doctor or hospital to escalate quickly into this kind of nightmare scenario. A concern for the health of their child becomes a fight for the very survival of the family unit as parents are blindsided by Child Abuse Pediatricians and social workers.
Policies designed to help medical staff spot real child abuse can actually set up innocent parents for false allegations of abuse. Parents walking into a medical setting seeking help for their child often have no idea that they may be walking into a trap.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a professional organization of pediatricians. Their policies impact the practices of local pediatricians and doctors in Children’s Hospitals.
The public usually pays little attention to specific AAP policies. Policies are generally assumed to be based on scientific evidence, but there are times that politics, agendas, or financial incentives play a role in establishment of policies.
Parents (consumers) have a right to know about the policies of a business or establishment they choose to interact with, especially when those policies can have a significant impact on the well-being of their family.
Trapped, Like a Dolphin in a Net
After a report from a Child Abuse Pediatrician at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, resulted in children being temporarily being taken from innocent parents, the doctor thanked them for “taking a hard hit for the greater good” of catching abused and neglected children. The doctor compared them to “dolphins caught in a net.” (See story.)
The nets cast by Child Protective Services and Child Abuse Pediatricians are catching far too many innocent families. This is evidenced by the fact that 83% of allegations against parents end up being unsubstantiated according to the “Child Maltreatment” report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. Of the few allegations that are substantiated, many end up being reversed on appeal.
Readers of Health Impact News recognize that Child Abuse Specialist doctors play a significant role in the medical kidnappings of many children from innocent parents – children who frequently have a legitimate medical condition which was overlooked or ignored by the Child Abuse Pediatricians.
A child abuse policy statement from the AAP entitled, “The Evaluation of Suspected Child Physical Abuse,” is one of the main policy documents driving the abduction of children over accusations of “child abuse.”
It was written by lead author Child Abuse Pediatrician Cindy W. Christian of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the AAP Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.
In the interest of “informed consent,” this article will highlight specific policies contained within the policy statement that could easily ensnare innocent parents.