In this op-ed, Judge Darlene Byrne speaks about the decision-making process in child welfare cases. For the past 15 years, Judge Byrne has presided over hundreds of cases and has had to decide whether to remove a child from their parent.
Child welfare judges spend a great deal of time listening to the stories of the children in our cases. A lesson she has learned is that among the thousands of abused and neglected children she has served over the years, it is rare when a child does not want to go home and reunify with their parents.
Judge Byrne believes that separating children from their parents can be more traumatic than abuse or neglect.
Read her story here.