Can CPS tell me what religion my child can practice?

Sarrah - posted on 09/24/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My wife and i practice wiccanism and CPS got called because i had an anxiety attack and had to go get evaluated nothing bad happened just cried alot. So the police came to get me because we don't have a vehicle yet. ( that is a long story from my wife's divorce) so CPs showed up because our Athame (circle knife) was laying on the floor when they got here it had fallen off our altar. The CPS lady said that if we practiced around our son he would get taken away. We don't worship Satan and definitely don't hurt ourselves or him with it. He is 8 years old and loves watching us worship the Goddess and Horned God. He gets really into it. She thinks that it is wrong and that we can't do it. And there was a few things on the floor and she made him leave the house with my brother's girlfriend so that we could pick up the 5 things that were on the floor. I found it ridiculous. And she also said that i couldn't stay in the house until i got on medication for my anxiety. I have never and will never hurt him. But they wanted me to leave. I said no and they said if i have another attack again he will get taken away. I refused to leave my hom my son and my wife so now she is up my butt about it. I never did anything wrong all i did was cry. She asked him if we sexually abuse him and if we cut him with our knife. Its obvious that we don't but she wouldn't stop asking. She also asked if he is ever hungry here. Our fridge and freezer and pantry is stocked we just went shopping the day before. He said he was when he gets home from school and right before his bedtime snack. She wrote it down and said that we need to feed him more. He just lost alot of weight because his father left and he wasn't being babysat by the computer or being fed twinkies every 5 minutes. He really looks good now but to her he doesn't eat enough. He eats all the time just not fatty snacks mostly vegetables. But to her our religion was wrong. And she wouldn't stop staring at me and my wife's necklaces. and she told our son to take his off because he was too young for worshiping satan. She is so wrong!

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Sarrah - posted on 09/24/2012

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thanks! and yeah we usually do but we were in the middle of altar when it happened. And the lady freaked out and asked 40 different ways if we cut him. We told her over and over that we don't hurt him or even touch the knife but that didn't stop her. I wanted to get a lawyer if they take it to court becuase 1st ammendment says that i have freedom of religion.

Denikka - posted on 09/24/2012

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Coming from another pagan parent, from everything I know, unless you are directly harming your child in the process of your worship, they cannot dictate what you can and can't believe.

That being said, it may be wise of you to move the sharp religious items, such as your athame, to a place out of reach of your child. That's more of a safety precaution than anything else.



Unfortunately, paganism is still quite misunderstood. I would actually suggest calling in to the head office in your area and explaining that you feel that your current worker is biased because of your religion and you feel it's inappropriate for her to continue being the lead on the investigation. Ask, point blank. Can my child be removed based on my religion, which is Wiccanism? Can my child be taken away based on a single panic attack in which no harm came to the child or anyone else.

I'm pretty certain that their answers will be a resounding NO!!



I would also suggest documenting, for yourself, anything that happens during an encounter. If they come back, take pictures while they're there. Pictures of the children (to prove no bruises, etc), pictures of the pantry stocked with food, etc. Ask for copies of all the reports.

Make sure you take an active role. Don't give them the power to be the only ones who have a side of the story. It's much easier to go along and document things as they happen, rather than scrambling later on to recall details when they may come up with something that may not be the truth.

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