On the subject of separating children from their parents…
Studies from removals to foster care show that about 1/4 were unnecessary and another 1/4 could/should have stayed home with family services. Another 1/4 of removals may not have been necessary if preventative services had been in place to prevent the problem in the first place.
Our nation puts over 200,000 kids in foster care a year, and given the above data, about 100,000 could/should have stayed home. CAPTA has been in effect for over 40 years, so that’s 4 MILLION kids that have been shipped to foster care unnecessarily!!!
Why is no one shedding any tears for them? Why is no one picketing for them? Look at all the ‘foster / adoption agencies! Their focus is to help foster kids and then offer services for adoption. There are few/no services to help the children’s family so they can get the children back.
For those that say kids are removed for ‘horrible abuse’ children are removed for abuse 17 percent of the time. 80 percent of removals are for ‘neglect’ which can be anything from severe drug use to allowing your child to play outside to getting behind on your utility bills.
Why is this? Could it be that there is SO MUCH MONEY involved in the current system? There’s the money that comes from the feds when kids are put in foster care. There is more money from the feds if a child is adopted. To the tune of over 8 BILLION a year. Services for family preservation? Perhaps 500 MILLION.
Then there are all the employees that require kids ‘in the system’ for their jobs. Not just caseworkers, but support staff, therapists, even attorneys! Then there are foster / adoption agencies. Yes many are non profit but they have employees that are paid.
It would all be well and good if the perception of kids always being removed for horrible abuse and sent to loving foster homes was true but it is often not. Any child that spends much time in foster care will be abused in some manner. Some of these foster homes have up to 12 kids at one time. Imagine a 12 year old girl thrown into a home with teen age boys..
The recent articles on the removal of children at the border show that kids are damaged for life when removed from their parents. So ANY child removal should only be if there is a real threat of danger. This ‘to error on the side of caution’ is child abuse in itself and causing damage to EVERY CHILD that is put into state custody!
So while we are outraged over the 2000 kids at the border that have become separated, why does no one care about the 4 million kids that have been separated in our own child welfare system.
Sadly, our nation’s children have become bounty for money and no one cares….
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