“I am 16 and in the foster care system in Washington. I have been through 17 different placements in 4 years. Turning 18 is the scariest thing that is going to happen to me.
Also my Social Worker is trying so hard to get me out of the system before i turn 18 so i don’t get aged out. i really have hated the system.
But dont blame the social workers, they are doing as much as they can they have 27-30 cases per person and that isn’t per kid that’s as a whole. that’s allot of kids. if you want to blame anyone blame the Federal System, they did it to us.”
This note arrived this morning in my inbox.
As a guardian ad-Litem, I witnessed unfair treatment of children already in pain from exceedingly damaging home lives. One child had almost thirty foster homes before he aged out of the system (he has AIDs now).
Other than the federal “Imminent Harm Doctrine”, there are no protections at the federal level for children in America.
As I have traveled the states, I see how some states have almost no safety net for abused and neglected children.
America, please wake up and show some kindness to the weakest and most vulnerable among us. We will all be the better for it.
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