Bill Bumpas - OneNewsNow - 10/20/2010 3:40:00 AM
A Swedish home-schooling family has been trying to get their son back from foster care since he was taken away by authorities more than a year ago, but an attorney for the family believes the courts have turned a deaf ear to their situation.
A judge recently upheld the decision of Swedish social service officials to keep Domenic Johansson in foster care and away from his parents. Mike Donnelly, director of international relations and staff attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), tells OneNewsNow Domenic's parents have argued that they are a loving family and that their son should have never been removed from a plane last June as they were preparing to move to India. (See earlier story)
"Even if you agree with the social workers, that what they say is true -- that Domenic had a few cavities, that he hadn't been vaccinated according to the Swedish government's volunteer guidelines [and] that he'd been home schooled -- these are not reasons for which you take a child from his parents and keep him for a year-and-a-half," Donnelly contends.
He says the situation has been "torture" for the Johansson family and their hopes have been crushed. So his group and the Alliance Defense Fund have filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights, demanding justice for the family.
"However, we've been told by Swedish attorneys that there's a Swedish administrative official at the European court that apparently looks after Swedish interests and makes sure that cases that might be embarrassing to Sweden don't make it through," the staff attorney reports. "So we're concerned that there's something funny going on at the court, and we're looking into it."
In the meantime, Donnelly adds that the Johanssons really need prayers to hold them up as they endure this "nightmare."