Monday, February 2, 2004


Recent storms are settling... my mother is home from the hospital... after a prolonged silence in the midst of my mother's hospital stay, little brother popped up on the computer again... we had a nice exchange of IMs. I was glad to hear that he was fine after hearing so much bad news coming out of Iraq. I finished the CPS piece, and plan several more... I'll be putting together a few query letters over the next few days. And packing. The big move is coming. I hate to move. Especially in the midst of trying to get my regular columns out on time... as well as a couple other assignments that need to be done.

I find it very interesting that each child in foster care brings in between $30,000 to $150,000 per year, depending on whether the child can be designated as special needs. In addition to paying the foster family, this money pays the overhead expenses of CPS -- salaries and benefits of caseworkers, executives etc. and so on.

David Sanders, current head of L.A. County's DCFS admits that "up to half" of the children in the system do not have to be there, that with appropriate services, they could be at home. However, the states do not get money for kids at home.

"While reimbursement for foster care and related case management services is open-ended, title IV-E funds may not be used for other types of services that could prevent a child from needing to be placed in care in the first place or that could facilitate the child's returning home or moving to another permanent placement. Furthermore, a State that is successful in preventing unnecessary removals or in shortening lengths of foster care stays actually is apt to receive less Federal funding than a State where children remain in foster care for long periods of time."

Without a constant flow of kids through the CPS system, whether they need to be there or not, executives would not have their fat salaries or drive their Jaguars or have their Beverly Hills Country Club membership.

That's right, if children were not needlessly torn from the arms of their parents, to be placed in the "care" of strangers who are statistically far more likely to beat, rape or kill them, why... executives would suffer. People would lose their civil service positions, their pensions...

And, one more note -- May God Bless Troy Anderson of the L.A. Daily News. I hope he gets the Pulitzer that he so richly deserves.

Siempre en Paz...

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