Thursday, February 4, 2021

NCCPR in Fort Myers News-Press: Institutions are the worst option for Florida foster kids

 It’s often said that if your only tool is a hammer, you view every problem as a nail. Perhaps that’s why Bill Frye, who runs a bunch of institutions, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, found a way to look at the USA TODAY Network’s searing stories about children needlessly torn from everyone they know and love, and conclude that the solution is to put even more children into institutions.

 Yes, they are institutions.  It doesn’t matter if the grounds are pretty, the staff are called “house parents” and the dorms are called “cottages.”  When children are torn from their homes and forced to live with strangers and staff, that place is an institution.

Read the full column in the Fort Myers News-Press