To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Montana Couple Files Civil Rights Lawsuit after State Took Daughter Away over Gender Transition

Talia Wise : Jun 21, 2024  CBN News

"Not blindly 'affirming' a child's gender dysphoria is not child abuse. For the state to give no consideration to the facts at hand is an abuse of the child welfare system." -Brad Dacus, PJI President.

[CBN News] A Montana couple has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state's Child Protective Services alleging that the agency violated their 14th Amendment rights when they removed their daughter from their care because they refused to affirm her newfound male "gender identity." (Image: Unsplash-Alexander Grey)

The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has filed a lawsuit in theUSDistrict Court of Montana, Billings Division on behalf of Todd and Krista Kolstad after they lost custody of their daughter, called H.K. in court documents, to the state without a warrant or a hearing.

As CBN News reported, the Kolstads said their nightmare began back in August 2023 when they learned their 14-year-old daughter told a friend at school she had suicidal thoughts.

A CFS caseworker reportedly showed up at the Kolstads' home later that same day to interview the teen and to do an inspection. The couple explained to media personality Megyn Kelly that their daughter Jennifer told the caseworker she drank toilet bowl cleaner and took painkillers in an attempt to end her life.

The Kolstads didn't believe their daughter but took her to the emergency room. The girl reportedly did not show any symptoms of poisoning, and a test conducted at the hospital also came back negative.

Medical notes written by the staff also revealed Jennifer asked to be identified as a male and wanted to be called "Leo." The Kolstads said they told the staff they objected to this and asked them to call the girl by her birth name.

"We were very clear to the emergency room staff as well as {CFS} that this goes against our values, morals, and our religious beliefs," Krista said, but the hospital staff refused to listen. "They told me to call their lawyer if I have an issue as they will do what the patient tells them," Krista told Reddux, a Canadian outlet.

The teenager had expressed gender identity confusion before, telling people at church her name was "Leo." Responding to this behavior, the couple said they put their daughter in counseling.

The Kolstads believe "transgenderism is more on the make-believe scale than on something that is appropriate for a child."

Krista told The Daily Mail her stepdaughter had a tough upbringing and has several undiagnosed health concerns, including attention-seeking behavior and lying. The couple believe these mental problems contributed to her urge to transition and these facts were overlooked by CFS.

After Jennifer spent several days in the hospital, her medical team decided the girl should go to a mental health facility for additional treatment.

The Kolstads said they wanted their daughter to be placed in a facility in Billings. But instead, the medical team spoke about having Jennifer's treatment conducted out of state in a Wyoming facility.

The couple said they became concerned when they found out the state doesn't have the same ban on gender assignment procedures for minors that Montana and the surrounding states do. Current Wyoming law requires parental consent before a child receives transgender-related surgeries, but the law is more ambiguous on minors who have been emancipated from their parents, according to cowboystatedaily.com.

"We were concerned that she could go to Wyoming and have puberty blockers or anything else that she wanted to do this transition, and we were not okay with that at all," Krista told Kelly.

After being told their daughter would be placed in the Billings clinic as soon as an opening became available, they later received a telephone call informing them Jennifer was being taken to a facility in Wyoming instead.

"Within 10 minutes of that call, the children's services worker and the police showed up at our door serving us with papers to remove her from our care, saying that we were unable or unwilling to provide her medical care," Krista recalled. "And that's just not true at all."

The couple said they were left feeling "shocked," "helpless," and "crushed." They found out their daughter was living at the Wyoming clinic as a boy named Leo, according to MegynKelly.com.

In February, US District Court Judge Yvonne Laird awarded H.K's biological mother, who lives in Canada, custody citing that the Kolstads were more focused on the "youth's struggle with gender identification rather than addressing the issues in the family home and ensuring a safe and supportive environment for the youth's suicidal ideation."

Laird added that while placing the child with the mother may cause a custody dispute she was more concerned with the child's emotional well-being.

Meanwhile, the couple had said they could not stay silent on the case, despite being under a gag order.

"We're doing this because we feel like we have no choice," Krista Kolstad told Kelly. "Because our rights have been so trampled on, now we're at a point where our family unit has been destroyed and the best thing we can do is stand up for other families and get the word out and not allow this to happen to anyone else again."

With the help of PJI, the couple has now filed a lawsuit against the caseworker and caseworker supervisor alleging they violated their 14th Amendment right to care and custody of their daughter by seizing the girl without a warrant.

"Not blindly 'affirming' a child's gender dysphoria is not child abuse," said Brad Dacus, PJI President. "For the state to give no consideration to the facts at hand is an abuse of the child welfare system." Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Talia Wise has served as a multi-media producer for CBNNews.com, CBN Newswatch, The Prayer Link, and CBN News social media outlets.







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Hollywood Actress' On-Set Encounter With Holy Spirit during 'Sound of Hope' Filming: 'This is a God Movement'

Hezbollah Rocket Attacks Ravage Northern Israel: Lives, Land, and Wildlife

Oh, So THAT'S Who Got Kimberly Cheatle Her Job as Secret Service Director

Daily Signal Exclusive: Don Jr. Shares First Words With His Father Following Attempted Assassination [Watch]

'I Never Felt More Free and More Love for My Country Than I Do Now': Controversial Appearance of Amber Rose at the RNC

Powerful: Democrat Moved to Tears By Speakers at RNC 'It's America Coming Together'

Trump Calls Widow of Corey Comperatore, the Man Killed during Assassination Attempt

Democrat Senator Menendez Found Guilty on 18 Bribery Charges

Elon Musk Flees CA, Pulls X and SpaceX Out of State after Newsom Signs Anti-Parent Law

Bear Grylls Says It's 'a Privilege' to Support Russell Brand's Newfound Christian Faith

Sick: State-Funded LGBTQ 'Commission' Calls for Legalizing Teenage Prostitution, Lowering the Age of Sexual Consent, and More in New Report

Newsom Signs Parental Secrecy Bill, Endangering Child Safety

Consensus Agree: Trump Saved by Divine Intervention

President Trump to Washington Examiner Reporter: 'Everything Changed' in the Moment He Was Shot

Tucker Carlson: All the Right People in Washington 'Against' Trump's VP Pick

Trump Picks JD Vance as His Running Mate

Dutch Sheets on the Assassination Attempt on President Trump

Prophecy Foretold Attempted Assassination on Trump Months in Advance

Elon Musk 'Fully' Endorses President Trump Immediately after Assassination Attempt

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Praises Trump for His Response to Saturday's Assassination Attempt



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com