Government investigates women for letting her children play in fenced-in backyard

Winnipeg mother Jacqui Kendrick Winnipeg mother Jacqui Kendrick is stunned she was investigated by CFS
Winnipeg mother Jacqui Kendrick investigated by the government for unlicensed parenting

McKenzie tweeted this story from CTV News in Canada, and I had to blog it.


A Winnipeg mother says she was investigated by Child and Family Services simply for letting her children play in her backyard.

Jacqui Kendrick, a stay-at-home mom, says a CFS worker showed up unexpectedly at her door in early April. The worker told her they were doing a “well-being check” after receiving a complaint about her children being left unsupervised.

Kendrick has three children ages two, five and 10, who love to play in the family’s backyard after school. The backyard is fully fenced in, with a wood fence covering three sides, and a portion of the front covered by a chain link fence and gate.

Kendrick told CTV Winnipeg she’s always either with her kids or looking in on them from her living room windows.

[…]Still, the worker with the CFS — the the provincial body that apprehends abused and neglected children — insisted she was obligated to investigate and ask a few more questions.

“We had to go through a whole interview asking so many questions — asking me about if we’ve ever dealt with CFS before, what my childhood was like, how I punish my children, whether we drink or do drugs… She had to look to see where my kids slept. She had to see if we had enough food in the house,” Kendrick said.

“The whole time I’m sitting there, pretty much in tears, because I couldn’t understand what was going on.”

Well, this is just one big misunderstanding, so there will be no permanent record in government files, right? Wrong:

Manitoba’s Child and Family Services says it will not erase the file of a Winnipeg mother who was investigated for letting her children play in her backyard.

The agency would not comment on the specifics of the case of Jacqui Kendrick, a stay-at-home mother of three. But regardless of the results of their investigation, the agency said it would not erase the file because all documentation and records need to be accessible in the event that another concern arises in the future.

This is the kind of thing that parents should know about when there are deciding where to live. I can guarantee you that the person who called the government is no conservative. Now imagine a nosy neighbor decided that your views on social issues, e.g. – the definition of marriage, shouldn’t be passed on to your children. Or suppose a nosy neighbor didn’t like the church that your children attended. Or the yard sign for a conservative candidate in your yard. There are government agencies out there to help them to make sure that your children believe the “right” views – the things that the secular left want them to believe.

What secular leftism teaches people on the left is that some opinions and values are so wrong that they are 100% justified in using the government to stamp them out. Something to think about when you are deciding where to live and how open to be with your neighbors about what you believe. By all means, make a big impact. But be aware of what the other side thinks about what you’re doing.

6 thoughts on “Government investigates women for letting her children play in fenced-in backyard”

  1. Child Protection Services are rapidly becoming one of the main enforcement wings of the secular state. Look at these examples:

    Sweden: Home schooling is theoretically legal, but if you try it you can easily have your children taken from you:

    Norway: Current outrageous case of Bodnariu family, who had all 5 of their children taken from them for corporal punishment and raising them as Christians:

    Things are pretty bad if even the normally politically correct BBC are highlighting it.

    Family Courts don’t seem to operate according to normal legal procedures, allowing social workers to get away with all sorts of things. In modern Europe the main way of saving money when children are taken from their parents is by having a forced adoption, passing them on to new step parents. The more I read about the practice of foced adoption the more I wonder whether it should ever be permitted.

  2. Naturally they would not erase the file.

    They are a bureaucracy and every person under their control is more power for them.

    They would not give this up.

  3. This is also a good reason for homeschoolers to be members of HSLDA – the Home School Legal Defense Association. They advise and defend members in court if there is any issue with the government over home schooling or other family matters. They’re very good at it and usually win. They also occasionally take cases from non-embers where there is a good opportunity to put precedent in place to protect the freedom of parents to raise their children as they see fit and/or a serious breach of justice. They’re a great organization to donate to as well because they’re on the front lines of defending freedom.

    The first thing a parent needs to do when a social worker shows up to do an investigation is to call a lawyer who is familiar with that kind of situation. In many cases, an HSLDA lawyer can advise the parent that the social worker does not have to be granted access or speak to the social worker and have them leave. Even if an investigation is made, the lawyer can advise parents what not to say (to avoid further problems), what they don’t have to answer, and how to go about making appeals and such. If it goes to court, HSLDA will defend members free of charge.

    1. Lindsay,

      That is good info.

      I wonder if Jacqui Kendrick could have insisted on not letting them in without a warrant?

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