According to press reports, Germany's Federal Statistics Office has published figures showing that in 2011 the German child welfare agency (Jugendamt) took a record number of children — 38 500 — away from their parents, who were thus deprived of their parental rights. The Jugendamt is vested with extremely far-reaching powers, and, according to experts in the field, including legal specialists, the exercise of those powers is not subject to sufficiently close scrutiny by the national authorities, to the detriment of parents across the European Union. Parents are in an extremely weak position in their dealings with the agency, whatever their nationality, and Poles number among those who have fallen foul of the draconian methods it employs. Parents who have had children taken away from them by the agency do not see them for years, are unable to speak to them freely in their own language and, if they are allowed to see them, may do so only under strict supervision.
Is the Commission monitoring the workings of the German child welfare agency?
What steps is it taking to protect the rights of parents from both within and outside Germany who, as a result of decisions by the agency, are being denied normal contact with their own children and thus have no influence over their upbringing?