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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ More Statistics Foster Care Must Change...

In continuing my research into foster care, I believe I have looked at literally 1/4 of 1% of the available information. Google foster care reform and you get 1.5 MILLION results.

I found a few sites I'll be revisiting. http://www.childrensrights.org/our-campaigns/foster-care-reform/
And http://www.fosteringrights.org. Go Arizona. 

For Iowa, here's some reading material. 
http://www.cfpciowa.org/documents/news/Forever_Families__Iowa_Kids_Count_s_27F7FFBC19B47.pdf

Idaho http://www.ktvb.com/news/foster-care-reform-bill-heads-to-house-floor/61955505

Here's one that rates the states based on high or low rates of adoption of available children from foster care. http://www.ncpa.org/media/the-best-and-worst-states-for-foster-care But. This has nothing to do with reunification other than available adoptability success for a higher percentage of children when reunification fails. So the three states chosen as best New Mexico, Utah and New Hampshire, are great for adopting children when the biological family fails to meet the reunification goal. This is a great thing. Because this means that less children end up in institutions. But, again, it doesn't take into consideration how long the children were bounced between foster care and biological parents. Or how many fails were allowed and the cost of those fails. The cost to the child. And the cost for the tax payers. 


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

My neighbor is 62 years old and raising her 2 young grandchildren, because her daughter wants to party. That woman is a saint. She is so good with those kids and gets the older one involved in all kinds of activities and those children are happy and safe. She looks for the children's strengths and gets the oldest one involved in activities and classes. She takes them swimming and bakes their favorite things. She is a wonderful grandma. Their mother decided her addiction is more important than her kids, as she walked out of the halfway house she went into to try to regain custody. The grandparents are now going to adopt. I know this isn't foster care, but it just goes to show that reunification with the biological parent isn't always good.

Kelly Klepfer said...

I'm so glad for that little family. It sounds like grandma is going to make such a difference. Biological birth doesn't mean much if a parent refuses to consider the needs of their children.

Kelly Klepfer said...

I'm so glad for that little family. It sounds like grandma is going to make such a difference. Biological birth doesn't mean much if a parent refuses to consider the needs of their children.