Imagine if your infant was born underweight, not because of neglect, not because of drug use, but because you, as the mother, are simply a very petite woman, with a small frame.
Kansas DCF became involved with this family when their first child was born, a few years ago, due to the child’s low birth weight. After a year of jumping through hoops with the state’s family preservation program, this young couple thought they were rid of DCF.
Then they had another baby, this past November, and the same doctor who called DCF when their first child was born called again, due to the baby’s low birth weight.
DCF tried to force this couple into a second year of family preservation, and the couple said no, so, today, DCF came to take their baby from their home.
Infants are in high demand, because couples looking to adopt often prefer infants over toddlers, or older children. We arrived on scene just in time to catch DCF, assisted by the Wichita Police Department, taking this couple’s children:
Jennifer Winn, an advocate who has been working to help this couple offers more details in this video, shot just after DCF left with the couple’s children, regarding the use of Similac as opposed to soy, and how that affects the baby’s weight.
These photos show just how clean the home was when we arrived: