Leftist policies in certain states allow government officials to take “transgender” children away from their parents if they determine the parents are not “supportive” enough, according to a recent report.
In Washington state, for example, children who identify as transgender can receive “gender-affirming care” without parental consent when they turn 13 years old.
These young teenagers are allowed to admit themselves for inpatient and outpatient mental-health treatment and withhold mental-health records from parents, and all of this is covered by the parents’ insurance even if the parents are not informed.
Parents who object to this treatment are at risk of losing their children to the state, a report for City Journal revealed.
One Washington father whose son decided he was a transgender was told to be very careful about how he responded to the news.
“You have to be very, very careful because if you come across as just even a little bit anti-trans or anything, they’re going to call the Child Protective Services on you and take custody of your kid,” he said a psychiatrist told him.
Government officials also encourage transgender children to seek emancipation from their parents, the report said.
One social service worker admitted that his facility “provides the children with information on resources and courses of action, like emancipation, when asked by clients.”
These facilities also intentionally make it difficult for parents to get their children back.
Vernadette Broyles, president and founder of the Child and Parental Rights Campaign, said this is a common pattern in liberal states.
“We’re seeing national patterns … One is the very deliberate and systemic erosion of parental rights,” she said.
Broyles said that if parents do find themselves in a situation where the government is trying to get involved in their child’s life, they need to be on guard.
“Without a warrant or court order, you do not talk to them. You do not let your child talk to them. You should absolutely not let them interview your child with or without you. You don’t let them into your home, you don’t let them into your car. You don’t let them into your hospital room if you’re there in the hospital, you don’t let them into the room with you if you’re in a doctor’s office. You don’t let them in without a warrant or a court order, regardless of what they say. Because once they’re in they will take whatever you say or your child says and potentially use it against you. And then the next thing you know, there’s a possibility that they go to a court, to a judge, ex parte, and get a court order to remove your child. That’s distinctly possible,” she said.