The government has recently announced that CYFS (child, youth and family services) has been scrapped and will be totally redone as it was too ineffective to even try to improve. What is now to happen to all the children, youth and family that they destroyed in the process? I was not long residing in New Zealand when I heard a father warning listeners on a radio talk show against CYFS saying that when they knock at your door without an appointment as they do, to not open the door for them as once you have talked to them you are condemned, they will not let go again until they have stolen your children. This is why, when I helped a mother who had lost custody of her child, I told her that when CYFS come to her door, without an appointment as they did, to tell them to make an appointment and come back at a later stage. So I attended the meeting she had with them, urging them, to stop destroying families and that was the first ‘neutral’ report the mother received – of course they could not suddenly say that the mother is an angel. Unfortunately, the process had gone too far and the mother lost her child – if this mother was not good enough to raise her child, then we needed to start building orphanages and putting all children in there; luckily CYFS has since been abolished. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, so I know how difficult it was for me as a single mother with no relatives in this country to help, while being isolated from everyone I ever knew by the father of my children. I have also worked with the Māori of Northland, trying desperately to rescue their children from CYFS who turned up and took up to nine children in one go – I know the circumstances of those struggling parents and surely taking their children is not the answer, especially if they simply do not want their children to attend the schools where they are being indoctrinated with a Pakeha (colonial white Kiwi) worldview. We need an education where students can live their chosen worldviews – entrepreneurship allows for that.
|SUSANNA SUSARA KRUGER||
Author, Speaker, Educator & Entrepreneur