When a state holds your children in foster care for nearly a year, what do you do? A hunger strike was the plan for U.S. veteran and loving father Raymond Schwab, The state of Kansas could present no evidence of abuse or neglect against U.S. Veteran Raymond Schwab. Yet, his five children have remained in the state's custody for nearly a year.
17 days ago Schwab began his second hunger strike in an attempt to regain custody of five of his six children. In April 2015, the Schwab's prepared to move to Colorado, but the state of Kansas removed five of their children before they could leave Topeka.
Raymond, a U.S. veteran had decided to move to Colorado to get proper medical treatment for his P.T.S.D. and chronic pain. This was ideal for his family. However, the state removed the children because he had used cannabis to treat his ailments. He used medicinal cannabis because psychotropic drugs did not work for him.
Like many sufferers of P.T.S.D., Schwab found that the prescription pills made his condition worse. This is the case for some people. Their biological and chemical make up in their brain rejects pills and causes more harm than good. Before the Schwab's were able to leave the state, Raymond had to cure his ailments.
Since the removal, several things have come up from the state as to why the Schwab's cannot transfer the case to their home state of Colorado, unfounded claims and other issues have been brought up by the state. As it sounds the state is reluctant to give up these children.
The way the information unfolds is appalling. This loving father was only doing what was best for his health and his family. At this time a federal lawsuit against the state maybe in the woks. A press conference will be held tomorrow at the state capitol building detailing the next steps in this case.
The Schwab's and their support intend to keep fighting for the return of their children. Raymond was arrested peacefully at the state capitol building and peacefully complied with police when they instructed him to remove his information center tent. This shows his character is that of a loving father willing to do anything to get his kids home.
I am a mom of 2 boys. Ian 27 years and Elliott 26 years. I have spent all of the past 27+ years being a MOM. They are my life. Dennis is my husband and best friend. We like our peaceful life and traveling to South Carolina for beach time. My guys make my life worth living and they are proof I am the luckiest person because I have them. I have also been a foster mom. Dennis and I took pride in helping children during difficult times in their lives by providing a safe home and guidance. It also helped with my empty nest syndrome which was a rough road to travel. I want to clarify for everyone that follows my page or finds me through a search about their fight with child welfare. I am NOT an attorney. This blog was set up to provide information from experience and or my opinion. After seeing the abuse within children and youth services and small government I wanted to share my insight and personal knowledge of certain events. At no time is the information in this blog to be construed as legal direction.