I just wish that people would consider how hurtful comments like this are to those who HAVE had their lives unnecessarily interfered with or even destroyed by CPS over AP (or even more frivolous) reasons. Or maybe people do consider it and just don't care...since all of us who have experienced CPS involvement must be guilty of something. It's just so hard. It's like people in jail; everyone their says that their innocent and nobody believes them. And for the most part, the majority are probably not innocent. But sometimes people are truly and honestly innocent. And when you are that person, where do you turn? People say that news stations or lawyers or somebody would be all over cases like that. But they're not. You can't get anyone to hear you or believe you, because everyone assumes you must be guilty and a liar. Nobody wants to talk about it. People are either pro-CPS and don't want to hear from or believe people like me; or they are extremely anti-CPS and make people like me look nuts. :-/ I have yet to find the middle ground.
And I am not defending the family in this article. Even after all that me and my kids have been through, I am not radically anti-CPS. CPS varies so much by state, city, and county (shoot, even by individual social worker). But just because CPS involvement hasn't happened to you doesn't mean that it couldn't. The wrong/overzealous/lying social worker combined with a bad ex boyfriend or vindictive MIL and your life can change forever. I'm not saying it happens a lot. But it does happen, whether or not the majority wants to believe it. And I can't blame you if you don't. I'm going on a year of this hell and it still feels unreal and unbelievable to even me.
I won't post anymore on this thread since I realize how off topic this is in the vaccine forum. I just read the comments, felt a bit hurt, and had to say something. I'm glad that this baby seems to be doing better and is back home now.
I just want to say, as a child, all 5 of us were homebirthed, breastfed (till age 4 and tandemed!!!), co-slept and cloth diapered. and my mother didn't vax my youngest brother. AND our health insurance was Kaiser Permanente for most of my childhood. and she was never even threatened with CPS. not once. so, i am REALLY curious WHY you had so many run-ins with CPS. i am 34 now. and EVERYONE that i knew growing up lived a similar lifestyle. i honestly thought all babies were born at home and all mommies went to La Leche League until i was around 8. and the only family that i knew that had CPS called on them had a serious sexual and physical abuse issue that resulted in one child being adopted out of the family. i even knew homeschoolers before it was really legal and they never had problems. so, i have a hard time believing that those lifestyle choices would bring down CPS.