Wednesday, February 11, 2004


A mother pays the ultimate price for less than a gram of meth

Let me start out by saying I do not use drugs. Mental clarity is important to me and my life is wonderful as it is. Nothing could bring me more joy than each day that I spend raising and enjoying my lovely children, spinning words into the gold that finances our journey together through this world.

I'm saddened by yet another infant's death in foster care. A police raid on the woman's home found less than a gram of meth, which the accused parties agreed did not belong to the mother. Her children were taken, she was briefly jailed. Although she is completing the mandates of child protective, her children have not yet been returned. And now, one never will be. Her two-year-old remains in the same foster home in which the baby died.

A University of Florida study of crack addicted mothers and their babies compared the development of babies that were allowed to stay with crack addicted mothers that were able to parent and babies in foster care. Presented to the joint annual meeting of the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research on May 3, 1998, the study revealed that at six months of age, the babies that remained with their mothers consistently outperformed their foster care counterparts on every standard developmental test.

For the foster children, the separation from their mothers was more toxic than the cocaine,” explained Richard Wexler, Executive Director of National Coalition for Child Protection Reform.

An international problem
Muriel Newman – The Column Feb 11th

Letting The Light Pierce The Darkness
This week the Column considers the actions of two Family Court judges who tried to remove the shroud of secrecy from their courts, and discusses what is needed to truly care for our most vulnerable children.

And here in America, yet another foster care system is found lacking...Posted on Tue, Feb. 10, 2004

WISCONSIN SOCIAL SERVICES: Foster care system fails federal review
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — A federal review found Wisconsin was doing an inadequate job of protecting and providing services to children in foster care, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday.

Siempre en Paz...

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