"Protect children from bad parenting"

20th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2007, THE HAGUE – Parents who are not capable of taking care of their children properly should lose custody more easily. This is one of the measures included in a proposed bill that ministers André Rouvoet (Youth and Family Affairs) and Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justice) sent to various agencies on Tuesday for recommendations.

20 November 2007

THE HAGUE – Parents who are not capable of taking care of their children properly should lose custody more easily. This is one of the measures included in a proposed bill that ministers André Rouvoet (Youth and Family Affairs) and Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justice) sent to various agencies on Tuesday for recommendations.

The starting point of the proposed bill is that children should be better protected from parents who do not raise them in a healthy and balanced way.

Normally children are put under supervision of the authorities before parents lose custody. Parents who do not show signs of quickly improving their behaviour, drug addicts for instance, would in future be able to lose custody more quickly. They will no longer be required to give consent for the state to take over custody.

The law would also make it easier to put children under state supervision, a measure agreed in the coalition agreement. A court will be able to impose this measure for children with relatively less serious problems in future.

If a child is taken from the home, the court will be able to hand over custody in certain matters to the Youth Care Agency. The Youth Care Agency may request information on the child from third parties once the child is under supervision. Parental consent will no longer be required for release of this information.

The aim of the new law is to allow the youth protection authorities to better get an idea of what is going on with a chid and what sort of family he/she is growing up in.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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