Thursday, April 4, 2024

NCCPR in the Louisiana Illuminator: Louisiana children pay the price of foster care panic

Faced with one revelation after another about tragedies involving children previously known to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, that agency has come up with a knee-jerk response that is simple, obvious and wrong: a worst-in-the-nation mad rush to tear far more children away from their families. 

As a result, in 2022, the most recent year for which comparative data are available, while almost everywhere else in America recognized the enormous harm of needlessly sundering families and reduced entries into foster care, in Louisiana, they skyrocketed 23% over the previous year — the biggest percentage increase in the country. 

There is a term for it: foster care panic. … 

Read the full column in the Louisiana Illuminator