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Subject: Re: Reforming marriage Date: 1/19/2005 12:13 PM
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JDRex,

Much better that a baby is removed from a single mother regardless of circumstance. Perhaps she's a 30+ professional, taking a year off to care for the child. Who cares? Send in the black helicopters! Prepare the tear gas!

Not quite. A legal presumption of inadequacy does not prevent somebody from presenting evidence to the contrary and retaining custody of the child. It somply requires the person to present evidence that he or she can -- and will -- provide adequate care for the child in order to retain custody.

But make sure you leave the Bible Belt children alone. Even if they've got a severely depressed mother, delusional, psychotic, conflicted greatly because the church she goes to has no idea how to deal with her and may be reticent to guide her towards secular therapy. When she drowns her children in a bath tub, or chops off her baby's arms, at least it will be done under the sanctity of a good Christian marriage, however.

Nobody here is defending such parents. If there's clear indication that parents are not able to provide adequate care for their children, the children should be taken out of harm's way. Unfortunately, such situations frequently do not come to light until something happens to the children.

Norm.
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