Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Parental Rights in Maine - How much control do we really have?


One of the reasons I started this blog is because my experiences as a parent of a special needs child in Maine as well as my experiences with Maine's Child Welfare system have shown me that parental rights in Maine is pretty much a non-existent illusion.  I think it's time some of these issues see the light of day from the perspective of those caught up in the systematic dysfunctional bureaucracy rather than the experts who benefit from the services provided by the state and local governments.

For those of you who have never experienced what I'm talking about, you're simply meeting their standards, agreeing with their recommendations, and staying off the radar, or so you think...
Or your kids comply with their standards such as being able to sit in all day kindergarden without triggering an ADHD accusation.  Oh we think that we control the fate of our children and can raise them as we see fit, but do we really?  Sure, the simple decisions like what to have for supper...
or what to watch on TV is certainly left up left up to us, but still must fall within the acceptable standards set forth by these setters of modern day normality.

On top of that, when in their care: they can do whatever they want to our kids whether we like it or not...
What about the important decisions like what to teach our kids in school?  We don't control that.  I'm not even talking about the academics, as subjects like math, science, history (although the patriotic and sugar coated version is what they get) is certainly important for our kids to know.  They must be prepared for the real world which includes the jobs that we actually have.  I'm talking about the social piece or whether or not to consent to a program or treatment...
Hell, they don't even allow your kid to celebrate traditional holidays or cultural traditions any more...
without putting some spin on it to make it non-offensive to whatever group...


What happened to Valentine's Day?  
What happened to it being fun?  
What ever happened to breaking up the monotony or tradition?
Health and wellness policy? 

Between the schools and doctors and shrinks who are there to monitor our behavior as parents...
(for a noble cause of course) target special needs children for various services, rat us out to DHHS when we are not complying with their recommendations (abuse or neglect not necessary) or complaining because we don't like the way our kids are treated, we seem to have much less control than we would like to believe.

However, just be thankful that it's not as bad here as it is in England where even Santa Clause is apparently now in on the game.


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