Has Anyone Noticed? Foster Parenting As We Know It Is Dead
“What did Grandma do for a job?” asked my 12-year-old grandson. “Well,” his grandfather replied, “she raised your dad and his eleven brothers and sisters, took care of our 14-room house, and even took care of her dad when he got old and lived with us.”
Big Changes Needed to Boost America’s Foster Home Network
Our child-oriented culture of the 1950s has changed and the foster care system has failed to adjust. The result is a decline in available foster homes. Headlines like these throughout the U.S.
Prolonged temporary care, whether unintended or not, amounts to child abuse. Child protection agencies have the power to radically reduce time in foster care, but too often back off, waiting to see how the birth parents do.
Foster Care Today Is Failing, And It Doesn’t Have To Be
Noel Anaya “aged out” of the system after 20 years in foster care. He was 21. At his final court hearing, he read a compelling statement about how he felt the California foster care system had failed him.
Foster Families Unite
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed persons can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead, anthropologist Take note, foster parents. As solitary families, your chances of being heard within the system are likely nonexistent.
Modernizing Foster Care
Family life has changed significantly. To continue to provide personal in-home care for children, foster care must change as well. We need to do more than tinker with an outdated system.
In Indiana, Sloppy Casework Carried $31 Million Pricetag
On Oct. 6, 2015, a federal jury in northern Indiana awarded $31.3 million to the Finnegan family of five in their case against the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) officials and an Indiana State Police detective.
It’s Time to Really Pay Foster Parents
Our current foster care structure is based on an outdated model: families with one breadwinner and a stay-at-home mom. This traditional family had sufficient income and personal resources to take in foster children.