Judith Anderson wrote:
There is so much posited here on the cult's assumption of parental rights it makes my head spin. The parents can't just turn over guardianship of their children to whoever they please. That is illegal. Nor can the cult designate a guardian. That is also illegal. And if they are transferring minors from one country to another they are doing it for a reason, to avoid detection of what really amounts to human trafficking.
Unfortunately, Judith, the laws are so jumbled, that there is no specific guidelines regarding this matter. I have addressed the matter to several community child advocates & an attorney that specializes in child advocacy, and there are limits on what authorities can do to follow-up on a complaint. I wish this wasn't the case, because it de-values the needs & welfare of children.
For example, many law enforcement agencies will not recognize a welfare complaint unless it is filed by a direct relative, or the issuance of a court order, or I, personally, observed an act of physical
child abuse, i.e., I find a child in a locked car during a hot day. Different jurisdictions have different laws what constitutes child abuse & parental neglect. There is also the "religious exemption" we all hear about.
I was informed by a child advocate today that turning a child over to a church organization for care may not constitute parental neglect; when I discussed the organizational structure & mission of the Sea Org with her, she said this might constitute using child for slave labor, but what direct
evidence do I have that the mother's son is not being well cared for?
I'm continuing to pursue the matter for more satisfactory options. I can't accept that federal law entitles a parent to simply surrender a child to a regimented, labor intensive organization, simply because it's aligned with a "religious" entity.