Derek and Frances Baars were foster parents in Hamilton, Ontario, until their foster organization, the Children’s Aid Society, removed their children from their care. They made headlines by taking the Society to court. According to the Baars, their children and status as a foster home had been taken away because they refused to say the Easter Bunny was real.
In a welcome moment of justice, the judge ruled in favor of the Baars:
"There is ample evidence to support the fact that the children were removed because the Baars refused to either tell or imply that the Easter Bunny was delivering chocolate to the Baars' home."— Conrad Collaco (@ConradCollaco) March 8, 2018
- Superior Court Judge A.J. Goodman https://t.co/tgYMNPgCwb
Finding reliable foster families who can care for children is more important than those kids believing in the Easter Bunny.
I've seen children abandoned by drug and/or alcohol addicted parents, and these "progressive" social workers are yanking two of them out of a foster home bc the Christian parents wouldn't lie about the Easter bunny. They should be fired. https://t.co/44Z4Mj6ASa— Irene Ogrizek (@ireneogrizek) March 7, 2018
According to lawyer Nat Carnegie, this incident is indicative of a larger problem:
The power wielded by govt social workers is vast, largely unaccountable to anyone and prone to serious abuse. There are countless stories of gross overreach— Nat Carnegie (@Nat_Carnegie) March 8, 2018
Others suspect there may be more to the couple's story than meets the eye...
The article conspicuously doesn't mention if the couple were raising their foster children with their religious beliefs, but otherwise I really can't see the harm in NOT telling the kids about the Easter Bunny if they were still going to get chocolate and such anyway. https://t.co/9nOCevaxYv— 🍀 Myrna 🍀 (@SailorSoapbox) March 8, 2018
But most were firmly on the Baar's side:
This is ridiculous. There's no point in lying to kids about these characters, only to tell them years later they're fake. The Easter bunny is a fun idea, but no parent should be obligated to pretend it's real.— Maryland Girl (@MDGirlLovesFall) March 8, 2018
Removing these very young foster children from a home for which they have bonded, will be more harmful than if they were told the Easter bunny is real.— Debi (@Rozesrblu) March 8, 2018
Forget the bunny. Who is the idiot at CAS making these calls? They've negatively impacted 2 young kids' lives far more.— Mario Stojanac (@appetype) March 8, 2018
It seems the Canadian judicial system has righted an embarrassing wrong, and people were happy to hear it:
Me: Requiring a foster parent to go along with the Easter Bunny being real is a reasonable demand when the kids are age 3-5.— Douglas Hunter (@DWHauthor) March 8, 2018
You: what about groundhogs that forecast the weather
Me: having to endorse that atrocious fiction is a clear charter violation https://t.co/zd38AARaF8
Well, most people...
It is insane. The Easter Bunny is obviously real - there’s even a picture of him attached.— Pugilist Specialist (@PugilisticUnit) March 8, 2018