Parents of a teenage son who has Asperger’s and autism were threatened by authorities to have their child placed in foster care after they refused to help facilitate a so-called “sex change” of the boy.
Recalling the horrifying ordeal to The Daily Mail, the couple, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed an NHS clinic in the U.K. said their then-14-year-old boy should be put on hormone-blockers since he told them he thought he was a girl. The parents, believing their child’s autism played a role in the declaration of gender confusion, refused to cooperate with the “transition,” particularly since the blockers can cause irrevocable harm.
After mom and dad pulled their son from the gender clinic, school officials reported the parents to child services for “emotional abuse” due to their objections to the sex change. One of the teachers, The Daily Mail noted, told the parents “that they should find alternative accommodation for their son or else he would be put into temporary foster care.”
A month later, the couple was visited by local authorities concerning the complaint. Desperate to keep their child out of foster care, they allowed their boy to live with a family friend.
He was also placed on a so-called “child protection plan.” According to CitzensAdvice.org, “A child protection plan is a plan drawn up by the local authority. It sets out how the child can be kept safe, how things can be made better for the family and what support they will need.” Such plans are implemented by local authorities when the “child protection conference” concludes that “the child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm,” the site notes.
“I’m absolutely devastated,” the boy’s mother told the outlet. “When I saw the report that social services wrote about us and saw the words ‘emotional abuse,’ I just broke down.”
“All we were doing was trying to get him to pause and think about his actions. My biggest worry as a mum is my child gets pushed down this route, becomes a woman, goes through the surgery, then gets to 25 and says, ‘I’ve made a mistake,’” she added.
The mother noted that she and her husband “read that these blockers might not be reversible and there might be long-term effects for brain development.”
The family has been placed back together, but the mother fears that more parents will be subjected to such a “horrendous” ordeal with their own kids.
“I cannot bear the thought of other families going through what we’ve been through. It has been horrendous,” she said.
As reported by The Daily Wire in January, a Texas father in a brutal custody battle with his ex-wife is at risk of losing his six-year-old son over his refusal to participate, socially and otherwise, in the boy’s “transition” to female.
“I want you to imagine having electronic communication with your son on FaceTime, and imagine that your ex-wife has dressed him as a drag queen to talk to you,” Jeffrey Younger told podcast host Luke Macias. ”He has false eyelashes and makeup. His hair has got glitter in it. He’s wearing a dress.”
“Now imagine how you would feel seeing what I believe is actual sexual abuse — I believe this is not just emotional abuse but is the very, most fundamental form of sexual abuse, tampering with the sexual identity of a vulnerable boy,” the father added.