A father in Marion County, Indiana pleads with Facebook users to share the photo DCS took off Facebook and used to keep a case against this father open. A social worker with the agency told the father that the picture was inappropriate. The Indiana Department of Children’s Services has had the child in their custody for the last 15 months. Originally, DCS tried to find the father unfit but failed. They have not returned his child and recently used this picture to keep the case open and the father was told that he had to be watched, even though he has passed all of their tests and they could not find him unfit.

This picture was brought to our attention by Monica Szymonik. She is running for Connecticut state representative. She asked her Facebook followers if they thought this was gender discrimination when mother’s put their children on their chest to breastfeed. Monica believes in protecting parent-child bonds by protecting parents and their children from government over reach. She works very hard to protect parenthood and the planning that goes into having a child and raising your child how you choose to raise your child. Protecting your legal choices and keeping your choices legal.

One father contacted me and told me that 

Many people commented that hospitals encourage skin-to-skin contact for parent-child bonding. Some parents believe that the state agency has an interest in destroying parent-child bonds to make it easier for them to steal children by reducing the interfering with the child’s attachment to their parent they have less trouble with the child’s behavior when they separate the child from it’s father or mother.

The issue here is whether this is abuse.

The Rock might have something to say about this since he recently posted a picture of himself with his newborn daughter on his chest. Dwayne the Rock Johnson and girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, welcomed his third daughter, baby Tiana Gia, on April 17, 2018. Hashian posted a video with Baby Tia on her chest stating “You are the most peaceful peanut, our little angel & wow, are we lucky … completely in love,” according to People magazine.

The Rock with newborn daughter on his chest.


The mother said that there was no open case when this picture was posted on May 3, 2018. This is a single father engaged to the mom. They appear to be young parents and are posting things that apparently are not favorable to the social worker who has decided to harass these young parents.

I found no current or former child custody suit involving this father.  So it remains a mystery why CPS has decided to pull this picture off Facebook and pick on this father. She apparently has never heard of parental rights or Troxel and the body if case law that protects parent’s personal choices from her bias and personal preference. What she thinks is in the best interest of this child is not up to her, although DPS workers can abuse their power and make life impossible for these two parents if they don’t know how to fight back. Hopefully this young father knows his parental rights and that he has legal rights that attorneys don’t usually tell parents they have. This is so that they can make money off parents and receive money from the federal government through Title IV B and Title IV E of the Social Security Act (SSA) which address major components of child welfare.

The states have gotten carried away with its parens patriae power and replace the father’s rights with in loco parentis power. This is where the state uses its power to protect a child from a parent they claim is committing child abuse and replaces the bio parent with itself. Essentially, the court becomes the parent and then grants rights to a caretaker. This could even be the other bio parent the court makes the caretaker, but this is all at the court’s mercy.

How this happens is that the state has been able to decide what is child abuse on the fly. the social worker gets to decide what their interpretation of child abuse is, and this changes to meet the particular social worker’s bias or prejudice. For instance, remember the story in the New York Post where the father was said to be unfit because he refused to buy him a Happy Meal for dinner, he told his child “dinner anywhere other than McDonald’s — or no dinner”. Because the father said “no dinner” he was considered unfit, lost custody, was put on supervised visitation, after a psychiatrist, Marilyn Schiller, filed a report telling a Manhattan judge deciding the custody battle, that the father was “wholly incapable of taking care of his son” and should be denied his weekend visitation. The amicus (a person who serves a role like a social worker with the added bonus of immunity). The state uses its power to interfere with fundamental parental rights and claims that it was necessary to protect the child from abuse and supposedly in the child’s best interest.

The problem is the state had to abuse its power to do this. They had to skip over the tests required by the constitution before the court is allowed to interfere with fundamental rights. And then turning perfectly legal activity and behaviors into excuses for their intervention, all supposedly protecting the welfare of the child. The parent and child’s constitutional rights were violated but the parent is unlikely to find any attorney who will argue that if the two parents do not agree with each other.

Even if this father wins, he will have spent tremendous hours of either his own time fighting CPS pro se and possibly losing precious time with his child and spending thousands of dollars with attorneys. This father will be fighting massively funded state machinery.

Hopefully this parent does not sign any safety plans and tells this social worker to stay out of his business and to go away. It can be very expensive if he has to defend himself in court and many parents lose their child, not because of child abuse, but because the father cannot afford legal representation.

Some states have passed laws regarding when CPS can require a parent to sign a safety plan or risk service plan. Child risk safety plans were ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in Iowa. See the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) ruling here. The Department of Health and Human Services is who manages the Social Security Act.

Before a parent agrees to anything with CPS they should consult with constitutional parental rights advocates. Parents need both an attorney and an advocate because attorneys are expensive, do not provide all of the support that a parent needs during these times, and attorneys have not been applying parental rights to these cases to the extent that we have interpreted case law to interpret the parent-child constitutional association protections. The way your legal rights protect you and your child is by protecting your fundamental parental rights, you are able to protect your child and your child’s rights. One of the major protections your rights give you is protection from litigation. Once these rights have been removed you have no protection from litigation. When your rights are ignored you have no protection from government interference. CPS will strip you of these rights in order to strip you of your child. CPS will also use the other parent to help them strip you of your rights and your child as well. You can contact parental rights experts here.*

If your state is allowing its state agents to engage in harassment of you and your child become a member here to learn how to effectively stand up to them and end the abuse and protect your child from greedy government employees who have gotten their head twisted up regarding who protects the child.

Parenthood is one of the most precious things in life. You can find examples of a parent’s love for their children all over the internet, in movies, and in every day life. It is worth protecting your parent-child bond. It is sad that you need to, but it is a fact of life that these government workers will take your child in a flash if they think they can trick you out of your rights.

Whether you have a boy or a girl though does not change how deep your love goes for your child. The gender of the child makes no difference to most parents. They would give their life for their child and do just about anything for them. And even though Rock states that he cannot seem to make a boy, regardless he express the same deep love for all three of his children. In The Rock’s own words from his Instagram page, he says, “And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia – like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life.” Parents have become easy prey for CPS social workers because of this love for your child.

Title IV B addresses the provision of child welfare services that can be used for prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect. It does so by funding services and programs which:

  • Protect and promote the welfare of all children
  • Prevent the neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children
  • Support at-risk families through services which allow children, where appropriate, to remain with their families or return to their families in a timely manner
  • Promote the national goals of safety, permanence and well-being of children in foster care and adoptive families
  • Provide training, professional development and support to ensure a well-qualified workforce
  • Promote and support adoption

Title IV E focus is on providing safe and stable out-of-home care for children who are in out-of-home care due to child maltreatment or other circumstances until they are able to achieve permanency in their placement by being safely returned home, placed permanently with adoptive families, or placed in other planned arrangements.

Title IV-E funds are available for:

  • Monthly maintenance payments for the daily care and supervision of eligible children
  • Administrative costs to manage the program
  • Training of staff and foster care providers
  • Recruitment of foster and adoptive parents
  • Adoption assistance Implementation and operation of a Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS)

Connecticut parents can get in touch with Monica Szymonik here. Monica is no stranger to the types of abuses in this story. She experienced the court appointing an expert even when she and her former husband were in agreement for equal custody. Once the court-appointed expert got involved and was told to to a child custody evaluation, the person threw the balance of the agreement off and caused high conflict and protracted and ongoing litigation. Court appointed experts can bring out the worst behavior in parents in order to play into the winner-loser model the court’s currently have in place. Narcissistic behavior is rewarded and loving, fit parents are marginalized and alienated. Monica knows what you are going through and stands for your right to be free from this type of government intrusion and the biases that the government uses to interfere with your legal right to decide what is in the best interest of your child.