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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.
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.