As most of us are well aware, May has been declared National Foster Care Month. Yes, I realize I am getting this out a little late. Grandma always said, “Better late than never.” Actually, I don’t want to celebrate foster care month, not this May or next or any other month for that matter.
The news has been full of heart touching foster care children, parents and facilities. As a previous foster child all I hear is that yet another family failed. Foster care can be a death sentence for many children. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear of another foster child’s death.
There are very few families who don’t have someone who is willing to care for the children who have been deemed “child in need of care” by some authority or another. I simply can’t understand our closed court system that is rampant in the U.S. Any person who has a personal interest in the child in question should be welcomed by the court to speak on behalf of the child. To deny a child the right to have an advocate, a family member or person who gives a damn about the outcome of the hearing, is wrong on so many levels.
I would like to invite current or previous wards of the state — living in foster care — to create their own blog. Please share your personal story. Let your voice be heard. Were you treated fairly? Do you think you are better off now or were you wrongly removed from your home in your eyes?
June is an election month. If you know of a candidate who supports CPS reforms, please share here and on our Facebook page. We need to hear from your candidate.