According to Fox News, Karen Dresser says workers at an urgent care clinic in Waldorf, MD, denied her 12-year-old adoptive daughter treatment because she is white and her daughter is black.
“At first, I was just numb. I was in disbelief, actually. We are a family in every sense of the word, and for somebody just to make the assumption that we weren’t is hurtful.”
Dresser was instructed by a worker that she had to provide documentation proving she was the young girl’s mother. Dresser informed the staff that she has been there before on multiple occasions. In the past, she’s never had an issue or been required to show any documentation.
At this point, Dresser was so stunned she took to Facebook to see if this was a new standard that other families had been required to do.
Upon her arrival home, she was already receiving numerous responses to her post.
“I had lots of people saying, ‘No, never.’ So, I know it was a color issue.”
Patient First urgent care released a statement:
“During registration, if a minor patient is accompanied by an adult who states that they are the patient’s parent, we take them at their word. If the adult states that they are the child’s guardian, we require documentation to confirm that before the patient can be registered,” read the statement in part.
Dresser says she received an apology from the clinic’s corporate office after writing them a letter.
“I think people out there need to understand that families come in all shapes and sizes and that it’s important to respect all families.”