UPDATE and ACTION ALERT
Call DHS Today to Protest Child-Snatching
and ask them: “Why can’t A.H. and S.H. come home?”
Family, friends, other people with DHS cases and supporters held a powerful and lively protest outside of DHS on Friday June 15 to support Carolyn Hill’s fight to adopt her nieces A.H. and S.H.. Ms. Hill, who has raised the children since they were infants in a loving home, was denied the chance to adopt them because she did not have her GED, and other supposed “reasons” put forth by DHS, Lutheran Family and Children’s Service and Tabor Children’s Services. The children have not seen their family since they were snatched from their home on April 3 and must be suffering terrible trauma and heartache, as is their family.
After the protest we “occupied” the lobby of the DHS building and demanded to see DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose. We won a meeting with the Commissioner that will happen on Thursday June 21 at 2pm. From now until Thursday, we want to put on as much pressure as possible.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose at 215-683-6000
Call Mayor Nutter at 215-686-2181
- “Let Ms. Carolyn Hill adopt her nieces.” Ask them, “Why can’t A.H. and S.H. come home?”
- This is a tragedy: these kids have a family who wants them and can care for them. Why should they be adopted by strangers?
- Since when is a high school diploma or GED needed to be a good parent?
- The whole community is behind her, and watching what you do
If they say: “We are aware of this, there is going to be a meeting on Thursday,” you can say: “I know there is a meeting, that’s why I’m calling. Please give the Commissioner (or Mayor) my message.”
Time is of the essence because there is also a court hearing on Monday June 25 where the adoption proceedings could continue — without Ms Hill. We must not let that happen! Please take a minute to call DHS and the Mayor to say that we the community will not tolerate children being taken from loving families. Rejecting this caring aunt for not having a high school diploma or GED is an outrage! Make your voice heard to stop this injustice and crime against children! And you are welcome to join us outside DHS again on Thurs June 21 at 1:30pm before we go into the meeting with the Commissioner. We will be continuing to speak about true story of DHS to the public — please join us to leaflet, talk to people and make a righteous noise!
Please see our website for the press release with more info, plus the moving testimonies and statements of support at the protest (www.everymothernetwork.net)
Info: Every Mother is a Working Mother Network 215-848-1120 firstname.lastname@example.org