It is always good to have someone play the devil’s advocate and point out potential missing part of the puzzle.
However, you lose credibility when you admit you have no knowledge of the facts.
You lose even more credibility when you resort to rudeness and verbal insults against someone who appears to have more actual knowledge than you. Further, your attacks against Ms. McMillan reveal your true bias as you did not similarly attack Ms. Jody Schnieder and her statements.
It is no secret that legal injustice occurs every day in courts across the country. Those with money are significantly more likely to be successful in a court proceeding. Those with no money, as was the case here, cannot afford the expensive specialized lawyers. Public defenders with heavy case loads do not have the time or expertise that was likely needed in this situation. If Christiana could have had expert attorneys who knew family law, civil rights, mental health law, and immigration rights there probably would not have been any story for Nathaniel to write.
Nathaniel's write up of this situation provided both sides as Jody Schneider made negative judgmental statements about the family. She is reportedly a volunteer who personally knew this family as did Ms. McMillan - was Jody trained to determine when parental rights should be terminated?
I totally agree with the first comment that the volunteers’ duty should be to help through teaching and making the integration process less strenuous. Who knows what was going through the volunteers’ minds. Obviously the volunteers lacked training and/or skills in cross-cultural sensitivity. It might also be noted that the cost to adopt one child from a foreign country can easily exceed $20,000. These volunteers who now have Christiana’s children saved a lot of expense by getting Health and Welfare involved to terminate her parental rights.
It is important to remember that churches are made up of regular people – most genuinely good hearted - others not so great. If these volunteers really have the children’s best interest at heart then they need to realize that they destroyed a family; they are denying the children their own culture. The volunteers probably own homes, cars, and all the typical American material things that we consider necessary. Do they even care that they have taken everything of value from this woman? Are they still “volunteering” to help the mother or did they dump her after taking her children? Hmmm – maybe they need to re-read the story of David and Bathsheba.
Based on the information provided it sounds like a great injustice has been committed against this refugee mother. It is wrong to invite a refugee to the U.S. with promises of a brighter future and then rather than providing the services the mother needs to be successful, take her children from her. Failure to consider, respect, and observe cultural differences is the ultimate arrogance for which Americans unfortunately have gained a reputation.
However, when that arrogance spills over to result in denying a parent her fundamental parental rights, based on her ethnicity, it may be that there is a civil rights violation. I hope a qualified organization or attorney will take interest in this mother’s plight and pursue any legal remedies she may have against the volunteers and governmental system that have caused her so much grief and anguish.
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