November 28, 2011
Ohio social workers have taken a 200-pound third-grader from his parents and placed him in foster care, where children are given as many harmful antipsychotics as the mentally disabled.
The government workers said that his mother was not doing enough to lower his weight, clearly deeming her an irresponsible parent.
State officials reported that this is the first case of a child being put in foster care over a weight-related issue in Ohio.
The 8-year-old was considered to be severely obese and subsequently at risk for the development of diseases like diabetes and hypertension. However, the county in which the boy lived in, Cuyahoga County, does not have a specific policy on dealing with obese children.
According to a spokesman for the Department of Children and Family Services, the child was a victim of ‘medical neglect’ as his mother ignored the instructions of a doctor to help control his weight.
‘This child’s problem was so severe that we had to take custody,’ the spokesman said. The agency worked with the mother for more than a year before asking Juvenile Court for custody of the child, she said.
The lawyers for the mother argue that while intervention is necessary, obesity is not grounds to pull a child from his family and place him into foster care.
‘I think we would concede that some intervention is appropriate,’ Juvenile Public Defender Sam Amata said. ‘But what risk became imminent? When did it become an immediate problem?’
Beyond the arguments of both parties lies an even greater question: will foster care ruin the health of this third-grader far more than his original lifestyle, or help him?
Mental Illness Drugs Given By Foster Homes Linked to Suicide and Diabetes
The antipsychotics, powerful tranquilizers, and other mental illness drugs dished out like candy in foster homes may be even more deadly than the obesity-promoting lifestyle of the young boy stripped from his family by social workers. Even mainstream health officials are now speaking out against the dangers of popular antipsychotic drugs that are given to young children worldwide for just about any mental illness.
It is important to note that the usage of antipsychotic drugs has been found to result in a number of known dangers as well as even more concerning unknown dangers. In fact, many pharmaceuticals intended to ‘treat’ suicide can actually lead to suicide. However, suicide is not the only side effect of these drugs. There is significant research linking usage to childhood diabetes, an increased risk of depression, and weight gain.
These are the drugs given in excessive amounts to young foster children. In a report published in the journal Pediatrics that examined how often foster children were given two antipsychotic drugs at once, it was found that the children were given antipsychotics just as frequently as children considered to be the most mentally disabled.
Will the health of this child really be improved by placing him in foster care?
Foster Children Given Harmful Antipsychotics and Tranquilizers as Frequently as Mentally Disabled
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