Tens of thousands of parents are reported to have had their children taken away from them via secret court orders thanks to social services agencies.
One mother, Jill Goss, admits that her daughter was taken away at only 10 weeks old, after she made a routine appointment with her GP, which resulted in the worst of circumstances in feeling as though she's had her child essentially kidnapped. Her daughter has since allegedly been adopted and Goss admits that there isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't think about her.
In one year alone, it's estimated that social services will check up on millions of children. Several years ago it was estimated that roughly 415,129 children in the U.S. were in foster care.
In the UK, there are thousands of mothers who have had multiple children taken away from them via family courts.
Often, there will be two or three children who are removed from a home at one time.
They inflict unimaginable pain and suffering upon families and individuals when they intervene unjustly to remove their children from them, which has fueled growing criticism against these agencies and their tactics over the years.
Some have created petitions that have called for federal funding to be abolished for child protective services as a potential solution to the problem.
It isn't only victims who have had their loved ones taken from them who have spoken out against this system and the agencies involved in this work either.
One prominent senior family judge in England and Wales, has been quite aggressive and outspoken in calling for more transparency in family courts.
The secrecy could be allowing judges and other authority figures to get away with making countless wide-reaching mistakes. Opening up the process to the public, Munby suggests, would invite more public criticism of their decisions-- too which he says judges shouldn't be immune.
The rate that children are being taken away from their families in the UK has reportedly grown dramatically, more than 34 percent, with over 10,000 allegedly being taken last year through forced court care orders.
In one instance, it's alleged that a child had been taken away because they were deemed to be too fat, others because they failed to brush their teeth.
The family court system in the UK has been described by some to be the most secretive court in the region.
Quite often these horrors are taking place in the shadows, but thankfully in recent years with the help of technology and social media (groups like @familyprotection etc), there has been growing awareness of and criticism for these agencies and their seemingly corrupt tactics.