The State of Oregon took away a couple’s two children because their IQs showed the parents had a “mild intellectual disability,” The Oregonian reports.
Amy Fabbrini has an IQ of 72 and Eric Ziegler has an IQ of 66.
Days after Fabbrini gave birth to their first child, Christopher, the state put him in foster case because they had “limited cognitive abilities that interfere with (their) ability to safely parent the child.”
Fabbrini recently gave birth to their second child, Hunter, who was placed in foster care before they could even bring him home.
Fabbrini’s father has sided with the state, saying his daughter was “lazy” and didn’t think she and Ziegler could raise a child.
“She got me mad so many times. She wouldn’t do nothing,” he told The Oregonian.
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No abuse or neglect has been found…
“They are saying they are intellectually incapable without any guidelines to go by,” said Sherrene Hagenbach, a former volunteer with the state agency who oversaw visits with the couple and Christopher from last June through August.
Hagenbach is a professional mediator and a board member of Healthy Families of the High Desert. After she told state caseworkers she thought the couple was capable of raising Christopher, she recalls, she was told her volunteer services were no longer needed.
“They’re saying that this foster care provider is better for the child because she can provide more financially, provide better education, things like that,” Hagenbach said. “If we’re going to get on that train, Bill Gates should take my children. There’s always somebody better than us, so it’s a very dangerous position to be in.”