Demand Drug-Addicted Mother Lose Custody of Baby Born Addicted to Methamphetamine

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Target: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Goal: Deny drug-addicted mother custody of her baby born addicted to drugs until she can prove she is drug free.

A 4-month-old infant born addicted to methamphetamine has been returned to its mother pending her participation in a two-week drug rehabilitation program. The infant was hospitalized for a month after it was born and treated for an addiction to the drug methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth.

Once released from the hospital, the child was placed by Ramsey County child protection services with a foster family. Its mother lost custody of the child after refusing to submit to mandated drug tests; tests that she is still refusing to take. The child’s foster parents are furious with the court’s decision and worried about the child’s safety.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Fargo, North Dakota, returned the child to its mother pending a two-week drug rehab program on the Spirit Lake Reservation; a program that some judges feel has some serious deficiencies. A human services official wrote a report explicitly stating that he believes the woman is still addicted to drugs.

A spokeswoman said the Bureau of Indian Affairs considers any and all reported allegations of child abuse extremely serious and investigates thoroughly, yet they returned this child without question. Prenatal exposure to drugs is a growing problem in their community.  Over the past year, the number of infants exposed to drugs from their mothers’ drug use has increased. Medical professionals are required to report cases when they encounter them.

The foster parents of this child are left confused and frustrated. Before the child was returned to the mother, it was noted that she did not even want anything to do with the child. This child has clearly been placed back in danger with a mother that is still addicted to drugs.

Sign the petition to demand the Bureau of Indian Affairs rethink its decision to return custody of this child to its dangerous, addicted mother. This child needs to be returned to the foster parents pending the mother’s cooperation with the required drug testing.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Bureau of Indian Affairs,

A mother clearly still addicted to drugs has been given custody of her infant born addicted to meth. Officials are reporting that the mother did not want anything to do with the child in the first place and is still clearly addicted to drugs. Her failure to submit to court mandated drug tests should be a clear indicator that she is a danger to this child.

After having to spend a month in the hospital recovering from its own meth addiction from the mother’s drug use, the child has suffered enough. The foster parents are more equipped to give this infant the care that it deserves.

This child deserves every chance to be successful in life. Life with a mother addicted to drugs is not fair for the child or the mother. A two week rehabilitation program is not a sufficient option when a child’s safety is in question. The child should be returned to its foster parents until its mother will submit to random drug tests and prove she is no longer addicted to drugs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Katie Ward Knutson via neweyes@blogs.com

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