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Post time 2007-9-22 15:28:16 |Display all floors
Just as Anna Mae He has finally (over 9 long years) been restored to her Chinese family, another  Chinese baby has been ripped from his.

Little Raymond Liu is now 2 1/2 years old, and lives in Texas.  Eighteen months ago, Child Protective Services took him away from his family because his mother was mentally ill, and placed him in foster care with a non-Chinese American family.

However, at the time he was placed in foster care, his grandmother was his primary caregiver.  Apparently CPS (Child Protective Services) believed she was not capable of caring for him because she knew little or no English (the fact that the baby boy was healthy, well-fed, clean, and had all his vaccinations on time didn't seem to matter).

In cases like these, it is the CPS responsiblity to investigate whether the child had any relatives with whom the child can live, rather than placing the child with strangers.  CPS  did not bother to do this -- they couldn't communicate with the Granny because of the language barrier, and the social workers at CPS were over-worked and kept leaving the agency (Liu's case kept getting passed from one caseworker to another).

It turns out that little Raymond Liu does have Chinese family living in America -- aunts, uncles and cousins.  However, they lived in a different state (Arizona).  Once they found out that the baby had taken away from his grandmother they called CPS to request the baby be placed with them -- however, CPS did not return their calls and did not follow through on their request (possibly because they lived out-of-state and also, once again there was the language barrier).  The Liu family in Arizona also went through the proper checks by local social services agency (in Arizona) to become the child's foster and eventually adoptive parents.

In the meantime, the American foster family filed to have parental rights severed so they can adopt the child.  Last week, a court granted the child to the American couple.

This is a travesty of justice -- due to the ineptness & inapppropirate action of the Texas CPS and an apparently prejudiced court, and foster parents who think it's ok to steal a child that is very much wanted by his family.  Now this child will grow up in a home where he will have no contact with his extended family, and will no nothing of his own language and culture.

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The extended Chinese family hopes to appeal this decision and to be granted custody of their nephew.  It is my sincere hope and prayer that this Chinese immigrant family will be able to get the appropriate legal counsel (Dr. Yue did such a beautiful & competent job on behalf of the He family) and other support they so desperately need for Raymond to be restored to his family.

And hopefully it won't take 9 years, as it did with Anna Mae.

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Post time 2007-9-22 15:40:04 |Display all floors
Actually, this is a general problem with CPS; they tend to defend their decisions to the end, no matter what, using "defending the children" as their excuse when they are incompetent.

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Post time 2007-9-22 15:52:29 |Display all floors

Reply #1 karenb's post

Please don't turn this into an anti Chinese thread, by Americans who seem to be concerned only with the childs welfare.

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Post time 2007-9-23 08:50:50 |Display all floors

with regard to his welfare

According to Child Protective Services' own website, he is better off with family members:

What are the Benefits of Kinship Care?
•        Provides love and care in a familiar setting;
•        Provides parents with a sense of hope that children will remain connected to their birth families;
•        Enables children to live with people they know and trust;
•        Reinforces a child's sense of cultural identity and positive self-esteem;
•        Helps a child make and sustain extended family connections;
•        Continues lifelong family traditions and memories;
•        Supports the child in building healthy relationships within the family;
•        Supports the child's need for safety and well-being; and
•        Creates a sense of stability in the life of a child.

http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Protection/Kinship_Care/

According to their own guidelines, the social workers is REQUIRED to place the child with a relative, if one is available, and the social worker is required to interview the parents as to suitable relatives.  This apparently was not done, perhaps because of language problems, overwork on part of social worker or perhaps just negligence.

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Post time 2007-10-5 21:36:33 |Display all floors
Originally posted by karenb at 2007-9-22 15:28
Just as Anna Mae He has finally (over 9 long years) been restored to her Chinese family, another  Chinese baby has been ripped from his.

Little Raymond Liu is now 2 1/2 years old, and lives in T ...

I hadn't heard that the American child Anna Mae had been returned to a nazi family.

It is to bad that in both these cases that the best interests of the child couldn't be taken into consideration instead of turning it into a racial issue.
What could be better for a child than to be in a loving home with a loving family? Now Anna will need to start again with strangers.

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Post time 2007-10-7 13:33:05 |Display all floors
Originally posted by kelly888 at 2007-10-5 21:36

I hadn't heard that the American child Anna Mae had been returned to a nazi family.

It is to bad that in both these cases that the best interests of the child couldn't be taken into considerat ...


Instead of staying that people should not turn this into a racial issue, consider that she will be far more accepted in Chinese society than she will be in a "loving" American one.  After all, just by committing the act of stealing her from her parents, the people who stole her show that they have no morality.  Do you want that child to grow up in a home with no morality and no sense of right or wrong?
"When I am White, I win because I'm White.  When I'm Black, I win because I am Bogoljubow."

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Post time 2007-10-7 19:38:01 |Display all floors
Originally posted by middlekingdo at 2007-10-7 13:33


Instead of staying that people should not turn this into a racial issue, consider that she will be far more accepted in Chinese society than she will be in a "loving" American one.  A ...

Could you explain?
A child born in America is American. This child has been raised to the age of nine years old in the U.S. and was and is accepted much better where she was raised than in a strange land with strange people and a language she cant understand.

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