(Montreal, Canada: June 2015) Dean Harper spent 16 agonizing years looking for his daughter Athena Glusing after his ex girlfriend took off with the then 2 year old child. Harper says his ex was upset about the end of their relationship and allegedly told him, “If you leave me, you leave your daughter“. Harper said he did not have financial resources to take legal action in family court. The ex girlfriend refused to let Harper see Athena, then moved with the child, cutting off all contact. Harper never stopped looking for Athena, and never stopped hoping they would be reunited.

Athena apparently had a very troubled life in the care of her mother, who put her into foster care at age 12. Administrators at Batshaw Youth and Family Centers had the name and contact number of Harper but never contacted him, and never attempted reunification with his daughter. Now that Harper has found his daughter, he is being slapped with a $7,800 bill for “parental contributions” to reimburse the state for foster care!

I don’t understand how they could have my daughter, know who I am, not look for me, then send me a bill once I find her.” said Dean Harper. Harper is very upset, and says he would have taken his child in, rather than have her go to foster care. He is considering taking legal action against Batshaw.

Harper is happy to be reunited with his daughter, who is 18 years old now, and has returned home, living in his care.

Commentary:

Harper has been robbed of the ability to be the father to Athena when she needed him most. The system first failed when the Courts did not give Harper any means to gain custody or visitation. And failed again when Athena was put into the chaos of the foster care system when she could have been given a safe, stable home environment. The government has inflicted great damage on this family, and continues its abuse by forcing Harper to pay for the state sponsored kidnapping of his own child. There is a very real possibility that Dean Harper will face financial troubles, and even punitive action if he does not pay the $7,800. And yet, Harper never wanted his daughter in foster care, and had been looking for her for 16 years. This is outrageous.

Obviously Batshaw saw more incentive to keep this family apart, and keep Athena in the system than to reunite her with her biological family. Why? This case should trigger and audit and in-depth investigation of Batshaw. I suggest following the money trail and the financial incentives for placing children in foster care. #JusticeforDeanHarper

– EJ Perth

Read More:

“Father finds long lost daughter after 16-year search only to receive $7,800 bill for foster care she was placed in without his knowledge” by Daily Mail UK, 6/2/2015:

  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3108466/Father-finds-long-lost-daughter-16-year-search-receive-7-800-bill-foster-care-placed-without-knowledge.html
  • “Dad joyous, bitter at finding long-lost daughter” by CTV, 6/1/2015:

  • https://youtu.be/Z5D-8yqr4gk
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