“Children are being too often used as pawns for the financial and political designs of special interest groups; groups that cannot have the level of regard for the personal, long-term well-being of a child as does a parent.” – Minnesota Child Protection League public statement, Calgaro lawsuit
(St. Louis County, MN: 11/16/2016) Anmarie Calgaro filed a federal lawsuit against St. Louis County and other agencies after her minor son J.D.K. was given gender reassignment treatment, provided with narcotic drugs as well as hormones, and provided with financial assistance without her knowledge or consent; and without court order. She also has been denied access toJ.D.K.’s school and medical records.
The lawsuit claims Anmarie was denied of her parental rights, and lost complete control of her minor child, without given court proceedings that would allow her to defend her rights in court. She is seeking to have parental rights restored. https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Verified-Complaint-11-16-16-w-exhibits.pdf
Anmarie said in a press statement that she loves J.D.K. “beyond words” and, “Not only was I robbed of the opportunity to help my son make good decisions, but I also feel he was robbed of a key advocate in his life, his mother.” She remains in communication with her son.
The lawsuit claims Anmarie’s parental rights were unjustly removed, and her due process rights violated. There has been no legal action to terminate her parental rights when St. Louis County began providing care for her son and treating him as an adult without a legal declaration of emancipation. Michele Lentz, president of the Minnesota Child Protection League, states Anmarie’s “rights and the welfare of her son have been outrageously trampled upon.”
J.D.K. is living on funds paid through St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services to afford gender reassignment treatment, medicine and an apartment. He also receives food assistance. The agencies have been treated J.D.K. as if he is an emancipated minor but no court has made that declaration. He will turn 18 next July.
State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) said he is “deeply concerned” when he sees state agencies undermine parental authority without due process, and says that he will introduce a bill next year to prevent similar situations from happening to other families.