Foster Care Youth: The Faces of a Nation’s Soul in Crisis

MO: Kids Rejoin Foster CareFor some children, the uncertainty of life on the street is better than certainty of violence at home. It was for me. At age 14, I escaped from an abusive home with no money, nowhere to go and only the clothes I was wearing. I remember staring into the night, standing somewhere between fear and freedom. I became one of the millions of homeless teens, yet I was lucky because foster care ultimately saved me.

However, after an emergency placement and three foster homes, the challenges were not over. At 17 I aged out of the foster care system early when my foster parents moved out of state. On my own again, I had to find a job, a place to live and finish high school. Then I climbed the next mountain to graduate from college and medical school. I completed residency, became a physician, a vice chancellor and dean of a school of medicine, and now will be President of the Lasker Foundation.

Shameful statistics
I only recently began publicly talking about my foster care experience because I realized that speaking out would help foster youth - and I discovered that many people lack an understanding of the harsh statistics and their impact on the country's future. The nation faces a crisis that demands a call to action to start truly caring about foster youth before it is too late.
• Nationwide, more than 400,000 youth were in foster care in 2011, more than 100,000 were waiting to be adopted and more than 7,000 entered the system than exited. Nearly 60 percent were children of color.
• More than 10 percent of the country's young adults who age out of foster care lack a permanent family - and have a one in 11 chance of becoming homeless.
Less than half of U.S. foster youth who age out of foster care graduate from high school and only three to 11 percent earn a bachelor's degree.
• Throughout the country, foster youth have high rates of poverty, incarceration, substance abuse and suicide, and are more likely than other youth to experience depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic medical conditions.

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This story broke my heart. CPS TELL US HOW YOU HAVE A CHILD’S BEST INTEREST ?

mqdefault[2]CPS DESTROYED THIS MAN AND HIS CHILD JUST FOR MONEY. IF EVERY PARENT WATCHED THIS CPS WOULD NOT EXIST THEY WOULD BE GONE. IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR CHILD OR ARE PLANNING A FAMILY WRITE A COMMENT I WANT TO ORGANIZE BIGGEST PROTEST THIS COUNTY HAS EVER SEEN, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT STATE YOU PICK CPS IS USING CHILDREN AS A SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND. CPS SHOULD BE SCARED OF TAKING OUR CHILDREN NOW WE TAKE THEIR JOBS AND FREEDOM..

A version of this column originally appeared in donnellyjustice.me.

Dr. Charles Smith pathologist for CPS – LIED! Destroying Parents

11be343[1]Could it be that Dr. Charles Smith was working on the side of Social Services to destroy the lives of parents for money? Could it be to pump up the public opinions of Social Workers and the Department? One must ask, to who’s benefit, or what benefit is there in convicting parents on false accusations, lies, deception and erroneous reports?

I suppose if you look at the financial benefits, there were many who reaped in the economic venture. Yes, Dr. Charles Smith was kept in his position, but there were several others that are employed as well. Attorneys would never have been called in, Social Workers were given the positions to “investigate” and “provide services” as they do. Those “services” employ many people from Mental Health professionals, councilors,  doctors, court staff and we can’t discount the amount of money put into the Correction’s facilities to house the so-called perpetrators.

There is quite a bit of job security in falsifying documents and fabricating a the facade over a healthy, law-abiding, caring, loving parent. If a parent can be accused of  abuse, neglect or even murder to one child, that gives (almost by default) any more children she may have prior or future to Social Services, feeding into this illegal economic system.

Each time an accusation or allegation is made, and a criminal is fabricated, there are several people employed. Sheriffs, therapists, doctors, clerks, vendors, social workers.. OHHH I’m sure you could think of a few more.. just remember you are worth more money in ‘from court to finish’ then you are free on the streets!

A version of this column originally appeared in amiablyme.wordpress.com.