Friday, July 8, 2011

Foster care in America: Some good weekend reading

There’s been another one of those all-too-rare outbreaks of really good journalism on the child welfare beat:

First there is this story from WXYZ-TV in Detroit concerning how child protective services is taking the notion that anything they do should be rubber-stamped way too literally.

And then there is this story from the Houston Chronicle yesterday about the confusion of poverty with “neglect” that sums up CPS in a nutshell. I challenge anyone to read the quote from the CPS flak and not be reminded of a certain famous quote from Anatole France.

There also is a sidebar today on how common such cases are.

I expect to have more about both the Detroit and the Houston stories next week.