A child welfare agency in Canada removed two children from care because their foster parents refused to lie to them about the Easter bunny.
The Children’s Aid Society took the two girls aged 3 and 4 – with only a day’s notice – and terminated the couple’s fostering agreement.
Derek and Frances Baars – who are Christians – sued the Society last year.
The court heard that the Baars had made their position against lying clear before being accepted as foster parents.
A court judgement in Ontario declared the welfare group had violated the foster parent’s right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression – and contributed to the turmoil the children had already faced.
In her case notes a worker had speculated if it was more important to have the Easter Bunny or permanency.
Justice Goodman said the Society very clearly chose the Easter Bunny.