On July 18, New York mom Ashley Bradley was home with her 9-month-old son, whom she had just put down for a nap, when she saw a stranger at the door. The woman, who claimed to be from Delaware County Child Protective Services, said she was there to remove her son from her care, CafeMom reports.
No parent ever wants a visit from CPS, so Ashley instinctively felt mad and hurt at first. Fortunately, she quickly came to her senses and remembered she had done nothing wrong that would warrant the governmental agency's visit to her home. So the mom began to take a closer look at the stranger who had appeared at her home. "I realized that 1. She didn't have a state-issued badge, 2. My son's name was spelled wrong on the folder she had in her hand, and 3. I have no CPS cases so they would not have been coming to my house," Ashley wrote in a Facebook post later that day, where she detailed the scary incident. The woman also claimed to be from a different county than she was from, she told CafeMom.
When she began to question the woman, Ashley saw that something fishy was going on. "When I asked her for proof of who she is, she got an attitude and stated, 'I just told you who I am!'"
The mom, who told the stranger she was going to call the police, then went inside her home to get her phone. She wouldn't let the woman into her house, so the stranger was left standing on her porch. When Ashley returned, she saw the woman walking quickly around the corner of her house.
The mom says the police officer she contacted told her that "people come from different countries and states [to] kidnap kids and traffic them, [and] it does not matter what the age." Accompanying her Facebook post is a photo of a police officer jotting down all the details surrounding the incident.
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France won't allow a name if the courts agree it will lead to a lifetime of mockery
In France, local birth certificate registrars must inform their local court if they feel a baby name goes against the child's best interests.
The court can then ban the name if it agrees, and will do so especially if it feels the name could lead to a lifetime of mockery.
In general, if the name is deemed to harm the child's well-being or be offensive to a third party, it will not be approved. Other rules include no giving a boy a girl's name or a girl a boy's name, no biblical villains, no naming your child a brand name, no place names, and no last names as first names.
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In Iceland, baby names must align with the linguistic structure and conventional spelling system of Iceland
Unless both parents are foreign, parents in Iceland must submit their child's name to the National Registry within six months of birth. If the name is not on the registry's list of approved names, parents must seek approval of the name with the Icelandic Naming Committee.
About half of the names submittedget rejected for violating Iceland's strict naming requirements. Among these requirements, names must be capable of having Icelandic grammatical endings, may not conflict with the linguistic structure of Iceland, and should be written in accordance with the ordinary rules of Icelandic orthography.
So, for example, if a name contains a letter that does not appear in the Icelandic alphabet (the letters C, Q, and W, for example), the names are banned.
Baby names banned in Iceland
Denmark only allows names from a pre-approved list
The name won't be accepted if it is considered to be a major disadvantage for the person or for other strong reasons.
And you cannot choose a first name that is already registered in Norway's Population Register as a last or middle name (in Norway, middle names are essentially second surnames). The exception is if the name has origins or tradition as a first name in Norway or abroad or has tradition in a culture that does not distinguish between first and last name. So naming your baby one of the most popular last names in Norway, like Hansen or Haugen, would not be allowed.
Baby names banned in Norway
Sweden bans names it considers 'obviously unsuitable' as a first name or offensive
Ashley's story has since gone viral with more than 200,000 shares and 13,000 comments, many of which expressed concern and shock. As one user pointed out, via a link in the comments, there's been another recent incident involving phony CPS caseworkers in another part of the country. Over the weekend, CBS 3 Philly reported that in Dover, DE, a woman and three men showed up at a mom's home claiming to be from CPS and saying they needed to check on the welfare of her children. But when the mom became suspicious and said she was going to call the police, the suspects left. Back in 2014, a similar incident happened to a mom from Indiana.
Clearly shaken up by what occurred, Ashley has already taken additional action in her own home. "My son is going to stay with someone safe for a few days until I can get my house set up to where 'if' someone attempts to [come] in and take my child they will leave in a body bag!!!!" she wrote. She also wants to share her story to help keep other children protected as well. "This mom is going to make sure her baby is safe, and for anyone who experiences this, lock your door, call the cops, and keep your kids with you till they get there."
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