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The Problem With Child Protection Services

After the Hotline Call

It’s too easy for innocent parents to get caught up in the child-protection system, and too difficult to then get out unscathed.

Jacob Weidner spent the first 12 days of his life on a ventilator in the neonatal intensive-care unit at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. He was diagnosed with meningitis. After his parents, Michelle and David, brought him home, his care included medication through a catheter and near-daily appointments for cardiac, respiratory, blood- clotting, and infection-related issues. Jacob would eventually be diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.

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