columns in the Chronicle of Social Change (the Fox News of child welfare) this publication make me wonder if Captain Obvious has taken early retirement.
Jim Kenny has posted a series of columns on the appalling problem of false allegations of child abuse and lack of due process – for foster parents.
He makes some good points. So good that I’ve taken the liberty of reprinting most of three paragraphs from , exactly as they appeared originally – except for the deletion of a single word:
When foster parents tell me about their ill-treatment I always say the same thing: The system really you. If that’s how they treat , how do you think they treat the birth parents?
Think about that long enough, and you might start to do what former – start questioning what child welfare agencies told her about the children they were placing with her.
And then you might want to reconsider whether all those children really need to be taken away at all. You might even consider reforms like providing parents with “that our legal system guarantees.” Because it turns out, that’s the best way to protect children.
Ridiculous! says Cohen. Instead, spend the money paying foster parents to stay home with the children.
You don’t suppose, if we all think really hard, we can come up with a third option for spending that $31 million in child care funds – such as helping birth parents find child care? You know, for those cases where the charge that led to removal of the children was Or the cases in which parents stayed home with the kids, lost their jobs, got evicted and lost their children for lack of housing? Or the cases in which all the stress of finding child care and housing and food and medical care and on and on and on led parents to at their children?
And if you’re wondering if such an obvious alternative could be sufficiently “evidence-based,” of the amazing transformative power of something even simpler: cash. [UPDATE: And this study, too.]
Please, Captain Obvious, come back soon.