Now I don't know what the reasons for apprehension were, but from the articles, it reads as if it is only because of the ideology of the mother that led to the apprehension. The mother describes herself as a "white nationalist" who owns "white pride flags" and "a swastika necklace" that she wears. I would guess that it could also be argued that using her child to express herself would also come into play, but I can only guess at that. Here is what the article says about why the children were apprehended:
In court documents, social workers say they're worried the parents' conduct and associations might harm the emotional well-being of the children and put them at risk.I won't comment on whether this is enough to apprehend a child, as I don't have all the details and honestly don't have the knowledge to say either way even if I did!
What I want to talk about is how this is another in a long line of black eyes that social workers are getting because of the media. When a person reads this story, the blame is squarely on the shoulders of the social worker as the ones who took the children into custody over some flags and paraphernalia. Now, I really do understand about confidentiality and all that, but is there not some way in which more details can be offered to clear misconceptions up when a case is so public such as this one? We get the sympathetic side of the mother but the social workers and their agency are kept mute. The story portrays them as not wanting to say anything about it rather than not being able to. They look horrible.
There has to be a better way. There's already a shortage of social workers in general in this country and the shortage of GOOD social workers is even more alarming. This representation of our profession in this way only serves to turn more and more people away.