Foster mother Heather Whelan said she was outraged this year when the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services suddenly came into her home and removed a 6-month-old girl under her care.
The girl, called “Baby J,” was thriving, Whelan said, along with an older sister, also in her care. Separating the two siblings was devastating, said the woman who served as a foster parent for four years.
Whelan said the department gave her no prior notice and didn’t provide information on how to file a grievance.
“I realized my rights were violated, and the rights of foster care parents are continuously being violated,” she said. “They’re alienating the very group of people they depend upon to help care for these kids.”