There can be few things more heartbreaking than the forced separation of a child from its parent or parents.

Even when such action is deemed necessary in the interests of child protection, the situation can be traumatic for all parties, the implications far-reaching.

When mistakes are made, the hurt and harm is magnified.


The issue around how children are removed from their families by the state has come to the fore after an attempt by Oranga Tamariki - the Ministry for Children - to remove a week-old baby from its young mother in Hawke's Bay hospital last month.