(from an article on WorldNet Daily by Brian Fitzpatrick):
"Army Major John Jackson and his wife Carolyn, devout Christian homeschoolers with a history of serving as adoptive and foster parents, had their five children taken away in April 2010 by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services – and despite the collapse of the evidence against the Jacksons, DYFS hasn't returned the children to their parents.
During the course of a nine-month legal battle to regain custody of their children, the Jacksons say they have encountered prejudice against their religion and homeschooling as they fight a state agency determined to see the children adopted by strangers no matter what the evidence says."
Now the statutory time period has come in which the DYFS will begin to terminate the Jacksons' parental rights. We must act NOW to ensure their return.
- Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Dr. Alison Blake
- President of the United States
- New Jersey State Senate
- New Jersey State House
- Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi
- Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker
- Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini
- Human Services, Vice-Chair
Assemblywoman Caridad Rodriguez
- Human Services, Chair
Valerie Vainieri Huttle
- Assemblyman Declan J. O'Scanlon Jr.
- Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose
- Assemblyman Angel Fuentes
- Assemblywoman Connie Wagner
- Assemblyman Albert Coutinho
- Department of Children and Families
- New Jersey Governor
We are asking that you intervene in the situation of Army Major John Jackson and his family. Jackson's five children were removed by DYFS in 2010, and as of tomorrow, 2/16/11, the process will begin in which the Jackson's parental rights will be terminated and their children will be put up for adoption, even though the Jacksons have not been charged with any wrongdoing.
We are outraged that NJ DYFS can walk into a home and remove children from their parents without sufficient cause, and that after the Jacksons and their attorney did everything to furnish evidence to counter DYFS' concerns, the children still have not been returned to their parents. The actions of DYFS strike fear into the heart of every parent in New Jersey that children can be removed from their parents without sufficient cause, and their parental rights terminated with no recourse.
Army Major Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, have been staunch advocates for children, adopting children, in addition to their biological children, who would have been hard to place because of their medical needs. They have provided their children with a stable, loving home. NJ DYFS must do what is in the best interests of the Jackson children and return them to their parents. We urge you to intervene on their behalf.
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