Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Is Very Common for State Authorities to Take Deaf Babies from Parents?

What a heart-touching story involved the deaf lady meeting her parents for very first time in 24 years. Just click the attached link and read all for yourself -


  1. No, I don't think it is very common at all. I think this child was probably taken away for a very good reason.

    I think these kinds of stories are pure fluff. No substance.

  2. Miss Kat's Parents,

    So Shanna Fudge's parents are dysfunctional which is the reason that Shanna was taken away?

    Shanna's parents are hearing like yourself. There are many Deaf children that have similar experience.

    How crude can you be saying that Shanna's experience's story is a pure fluff?

    Thank God that my parents were not like that, even though they were naive and my Deaf children did not have that experience.

    Deaf Barry

  3. It is not new about the state taking away children from parents. It can be for variety of reasons.

    Having worked in deaf services for many years, it is not new about how justice lacks in protecting deaf children or adults.

    It is heartbreaking when the justice fails the deaf.

  4. Usually children are kept with their parents long past the point that they should have been taken away.

    There just aren't enough homes for the ones already without families and social workers hesitate to add more to it unless there is cruelty or gross neglect involved.

    More likely her parents were having difficulties and voluntarily gave up the children rather than work with social workers.

    This story mentions nine other children and that the lady herself is in a transitional home with her own two children. There might be a series of broken families in this situation.

  5. It still happens this day and age.. this is just this past November in Milwaukee, WI

  6. Dianrez,

    From what I have seen too many similar cases happened over and over in the state of Texas.

    I ought to do more research on this topic to question the state authorities and social workers' tendency of taking deaf babies from deaf parents or hearing parents and placed them in the foster care.

    I am telling you that is too many out there.

    I recently met the very intelligent deaf African American 20s guy end up doing the living as a sex worker or hustler. He finally admitted to me few weeks that his life was with the foster system. That deaf hustler had deaf parents, but never got the chance to see them.


  7. Charlotte,

    Many thanks for sharing your info with all of us about the similar stories happened in MI.

    I have to make your attached link to be workable for others to read the enclosed article. :)


  8. There are regional differences in how child services protect children: for example, Texas differs from Florida, where services are more overloaded and less proactive in taking away children from abusive homes.

    Here abandonment seems to be the problem. Due to other priorities, the Deaf parents left their kids with their grandmother for several days or weeks without keeping in touch, and the grandmother turned them over to the social services. Bad news. Then, due to low education/reading level, they failed to keep appointments to keep in touch with the kids. More bad news. Add to that poverty and dependence on family members and welfare, with lack of adult social services and the situation becomes impossible.

    To keep these Deaf families together, we need a better system where several agencies come together to cooperate in rehabilitating and supporting the family.

  9. Dianarez,

    Y have all good points! We could revamp and reform the social services across the country to serve the deaf families and individuals much better. :)

    Thanks for your comment, too.