See if you notice a pattern. This took all of 5 seconds to find:
(May 14 update: gong to keep revising this post as an ongoing list of aging out examples, check back often).
But remember, when you hear about the progress in foster care and how “it’s different now” than it used to be.
Yes, there are people who care. Yes, there are good programs. Yes, there are good social workers and good foster parents out there. Yes, yes, yes.
But the data don’t lie. And systemically, it’s not changing.
A few links form around the web. Make of it what you will.
“Here’s the ugly truth: most Americans who are victims of sex trafficking come from our nation’s own foster care system. It’s a deeply broken system that leaves thousands vulnerable to pimps as children and grooms them for the illegal sex trade as young adults.”
“No child should have to face that. And yet, on May 3, 2018, lawmakers in my home state of Oklahoma voted to make it harder for foster children to find a loving family by allowing child-placing agencies that receive state and federal dollars, to put their beliefs ahead of the best interests of those children”
Continue reading Some links and notes for May 8, 2018
I submitted a question to the Presidential Open Questions page for the candidates. You only have 80 characters for the question and only 200 characters for the detail. Kind of hard to state the important stuff within that limit. Anyway, maybe the stars will align and the question will be asked of the two presidential candidates. You can help by voting:
The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is now “funneling” information on suspected drug dealers and insiders to local authorities in secret. Not that you thought any differently, nor that any of us want to let the “dealers” off the hook. (Source)
The problem with this is hard to understate:
“The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.“
So, in an effort to convict and incarcerate suspected drug dealer and such, the DEA is gathering intel, packaging it, handing it to local authorities and then in an effort to avoid judicial review of the actual collection of data, re-creating the collection trail in such a way as to hide the origin of its data.
What does this have to do with Foster Care? Let’s review our pretty picture of stats:
Continue reading With help of D.E.A., foster children increase odds of going to prison.