Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Federal Law Says They Should Have Been Doing This All Along...

...but since when does CPS let a little thing like the law dictate to them?

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:


DFCS looks to children's relatives as option

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/20/05

When it comes to finding homes for the 15,000 children in state foster care, Georgia has focused on one option — adoption. Now officials say it's time to try something new – placing foster children with relatives.

"We've been a one-trick pony," said B.J. Walker, commissioner of the Department of Human Resources.

State officials admit they've done a poor job of tapping into a large pool of potential caregivers for these children: their relatives. Instead of seeking aunts, uncles and grandparents, the agency has focused too much on trying to get children adopted, they say.

Walker noted that only 14 percent of Georgia's foster children find homes with relatives, about half the national average.

And, we're expected to believe that out of all the relatives that 15,000 children could have -- aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents -- that a mere 14% are 'good enough' to be deemed worthy of custody? We're supposed to believe that while every day children are beaten, starved, raped and killed in state care at a significantly higher rate than in the general population? (And, that's by the state's own numbers -- look it up!)

Until Next Time...

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