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 Mobile Phone Recording Of Maria Being Taken From Her Grandparents By Social Services (following her mother’s arrest)

A grandmother and her husband were arrested, held in custody overnight and subsequently forced in a U.K. court without legal advice to divulge the whereabouts of their daughter and granddaughter, who were visiting the Netherlands at the time.
Shortly after doing so the Judge issued a gag-order and the 30 year old mother in question was arrested for an allegation of parental child abduction (she left Canada in 2005 with her daughter, Maria – of whom she had full custody at the time), Maria was placed in temporary foster care upon her mother’s arrest.

A few days later, mother and child were reunited, only to be torn apart again following an appeal against the mother’s release. Maria was taken into foster care for the second time (in this tragic clip, documenting the last few moments of the event, a frustrated grandmother who has been told to hurry up, struggles to prepare her 4 year old granddaughter to be taken away again by Dutch Youth Protection agent “Jim”, accompanied by a female police officer… the child was removed around 10pm, in her pyjamas!).

Maria has since been returned to her father in Canada and has not seen her mother since April 2008… (despite the Dutch Supreme Court’s recent decision not to extradite the mother because evidence indicates she is in fact not guilty of the charge for which her extradition was sought by Canadian Authorities).

There have since been many changes as far as how similar Hague Convention/child abduction cases will be handled in the Netherlands, e.g. to ensure that children are allowed to stay in the country until an appeal has taken place; this is a comforting thought, but does not change what happened to Maria and countless other children, or come anywhere within the vicinity of Justice for them…

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  • Kristin says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after
    I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over
    again. Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!

  • Denise Austin says:

    I hope Maria can be back with her Mum very soon as all little children need their Mums. I find it unbelievable that a Father who says he loves hes daughter can deny her her Mum. I feel very sad for all of them even the Father as he can not see what he has done to Maria long term.When she is old enough she will return to her Mother, and the Father and all the courts of Canada will not be able to stop her. GOOD LUCK JOANNA – KEEP THE FAITH MARIA WILL COME BACK.
    Another Mother

    • Joanna says:

      Dear Denise,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope and wish that day will come very soon – and that Maria’s father will find it in his heart to allow her to visit us (her grandmother, aunt and I) in the very near future.

  • Fran says:

    This is indeed another heartbreaking situation! The public need to wake up and realise just how many children are being ripped away from one or both parents, also grandparents world-wide, due to the corrupt money-making machine of the secret family courts. Until recently there was very little media coverage about this but I am pleased to hear that the Daily Mail in the UK are running a campaign at the moment exposing the injustices carried out through social services and the judicial system. They are inviting members of the public to contact them with their stories. Perhaps this is something Maria’s grandmother would like to do to raise the awareness of the case in this country. I’m sure there are many grandmothers who would relate to your horrendous experience. Maria is a delightful little girl.

  • Mary Charalambides says:

    From Maria’s Grandmother

    No words could possibly descibe the pain of seeing a very beloved grandchild so frightened and so bewildered and in shock at being taken away at night by a stranger. Her very last words in sobs were “but Grandma I have been a good girl”. I have been haunted ever since, at seeing this little girl, crumpled and gasping for air, without being able to protect her against cruel and unjust rulings.

    I acknowledge, that many other mothers and children have suffered the same fate, and I hope that one day, it will be impossible to carry out such injustice in courts, and that closed courts and paperwork that omit the name of the judge and gagging orders given to newspapers or citizens will be history. It has been a privalidge to protect her and make her happy, and remain positive that she will be back.

    I thank everyone involved in Joannas cause, thank you Alan, from Maria’s Grandmother

  • Alan says:

    Thank you for your kind comment Amina. Do please feel free to share and repost any articles from Joanna’s website 🙂 Kindest regards, Alan

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    I’m lost for words! 🙁

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