New Jersey wants to put a child up for adoption because he twirled a pencil in school (VIDEO)

Behaving almost like a libertarian caricature of a government agency, New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families is ironically working to destroy a family for arcane reasons that it refuses to explain.

In April, The Libertarian Republic reported on the case of Ethan Chaplin – a 7th grader who was suspended from school, required to submit a blood sample, and made to undergo a battery of psychological tests because a classmate said that he had twirled a pencil “like a gun.”

Though the school backed off in the face of media scrutiny, the faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats at the Department of Children and Families did not.

Ethan’s father, Michael Chaplin, got on the Department’s bad side when he initially refused to take his son to be physically and psychologically tested. Michael relented after the Department sent the family an ominous letter labeling Michael’s noncompliance “an incident of abuse or neglect.”

A subsequent letter from the Department said that no problems were identified during the evaluation – but demanded that Ethan return for even more tests.

If Michael does not return his son to the Department, the letter threatened, officials will seize Ethan and put him up for adoption.

The shadowy Department refuses to speak on camera about the case.

Desperate for help, Chaplin sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie. But Christie’s office simply forwarded the letter to the Department of Children and Families.

“I’m absolutely scared,” says Michael Chaplin. “They have a habit of running away with things, unchecked. And that’s exactly what’s going on – they are operating unchecked.”



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  • Lori Heeren
    June 12, 2014, 4:37 pm

    My grandchildren have been slotted for adoption. They should be with family. I can take them and fought for many years to have then placed with me. After winning guardianship in the court of appeals Michigan’s attorney general brought it to MISC and they reversed staying the state was only required to place them with relatives in the first 90 days. I was denied then because I lived out of state. My beautiful grandchildren are being sold for federal funding.

  • DanInAustin
    June 12, 2014, 5:54 pm

    He should move.

  • Valerie Vadala@Lori Heeren
    June 12, 2014, 7:02 pm

    OMG! That is horrible!! There is nothing that can be done?

  • Theresa Desarro-Revilak@Lori Heeren
    June 12, 2014, 8:11 pm

    Oh Lori. How horrible. I am so sorry. I cannot believe this. Have you tried notifying the media? Somehow it seems like this is one of the only ways to fight these people.

  • Matthew Wilson
    June 12, 2014, 8:14 pm

    I’m sorry, but the people in government trying to take a small boy away from his family and put him up for adoption need to be executed.