Grandmother questions child welfare system after judge sides with foster family

After a DNA test confirmed they were kin, Cynthia Cooley asked to have her grandson placed with her.

DENVER — “I’m here for a cause, stop taking our children!” Cynthia Cooley stood in the rain at the steps of the Capitol on Saturday to draw attention to a system that she said kidnapped her grandson. 

“Legally kidnapping our children through the judicial system,” she called it.

Cooley was participating in the third annual protest organized by the MJCF Coalition to fight for the end of family separation through the child welfare system.