A couple in Redmond, Oregon has been fighting for nearly four years to get the state’s Department of Human Services to give them their two children back.
They were taken because the state feels the parents are not smart enough to raise their own children.
Ziegler and his partner, Amy Fabbrini, both have below-average IQs. 72 and 66, respectively, according to documents provided to The Oregonian.
A disgruntled and ‘gruff’ father seems to be at the heart of the issue.
Raymond Fabbrini, 74, is a gruff man who has strong feelings about Amy’s abilities. “She doesn’t have the instincts to be a mother,” he said.
He said his daughter had been primarily home schooled and he expressed frustration with her, unabashedly calling her a lazy child.
SHAME ON YOU Raymond Fabbrini!
When the state Department of Human Services began investigating, it found no signs of abuse. But they did find representations of the struggles and frustrations of people with learning disabilities attempting to be parents:
In reports of concerns about the couple’s parenting skills, a MountainStar [a nonprofit Oregon group devoted to helping prevent child abuse] worker recalled having to prompt them to have Christopher wash his hands after using the toilet and to apply sunscreen to all of his skin rather than just his face. Fabbrini and Ziegler’s attorneys argue these weren’t sufficient reasons to keep them from their son.
This year the couple had a second son, Hunter. The state also took custody of him. This time they didn’t even wait to see how they’d behave as parents: Fabbrini was still in the hospital when they took the boy.
Oregon’s justification for taking Christopher and Hunter away: “limited cognitive abilities that interfere with [their] ability to safely parent the child.” In other words, the government declared them too dumb to be parents.
Insanity. Child Protective Services are out of control, and not just in Oregon. In every single state there are stories of the states taking children with no valid reason. Not only does this muck up the system for kids who REALLY need help, it destroys good families.
It is a sad situation.