The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has over the past twenty years abducted out of state children from their families at an alarming rate. Using the term “medical abuse” DCF and our court system have sided with Boston Children’s hospital and doctors to take children from their parents over conflicting medical diagnoses. Because of this parents from out of state should be warned to not take their children on vacations in Massachusetts.
It is not just the current Justina Pelletier case where this has happened. Time and time again DCF sides with Children’s hospital and the Harvard University health network to abduct children.
It goes back close to twenty years. In 1998 the Boston Globe (Abstract) reported on cases of Children’s Hospital, and the then DSS, abducting children.
Yet even though Matthew fit the clinical profile of the disease, and his mother had it as a child, some doctors at Boston’s Children’s Hospital insisted that his injuries were “highly suggestive” of child abuse. As a result, for half of his brief life, Matthew and his twin brother, Michael (Goldberg), were taken from their parents and placed in state- sponsored foster care with no parental visitation allowed.
The hospital’s child protection team clung to its diagnosis of abuse despite vigorous dissent by other doctors inside and outside Children’s as well as the absence of corroborative evidence. Moreover, the team revised its dating of Matthew’s fractures in what critics suspect was an attempt to refute radiologic evidence that at least some of the fractures occurred while he was in foster care, or, more problematic for Children’s, in the hospital itself.
Newton attorney Robert Weber has represented parents and children in abuse cases for 20 years and sits on the DSS Professional Advisory Committee. “DSS never questions Children’s Hospital,” he says. “So Children’s has to question itself. It has to be better than good. Because there’s nobody checking them, and the consequences are so serious. They ought to be very, very careful when they make these decisions, and I don’t think they are.”
16 years ago, one of the best Guardian Ad Litems in the state said this was a problem, and our state has not acted.
If you are a parent from out of state and are thinking of visiting us this year. Please don’t visit. Take your vacation dollars elsewhere, the future of your family may be at stake if your child falls ill.
In Massachusetts you have no parental rights. The joy of our vacation spots isn’t worth it, for you… or your children.