The Foster Care Dilemma, Inc. was formed to enlighten the public about the lives of children in today's foster care systems in economically developed countries. With a population of over 310 million in the United States, there are only about 400,000 young people in foster care...not enough to ring bells...but far too many of them in conditions too intolerable to ignore.
In many jurisdictions foster care has become corrupted to yield illegal profits to the facility operators at great expense in suffering to the children in their care.
Disconcerting is the almost wicked determination of some foster care providers to wreak mindless cruelty on the defenseless children in their care. Our expectation was that interviews of children out of foster care would be discomforting, but not to the heartbreaking extent that we experienced.
On average, foster care costs the taxpayers as much per child per year as high level private schools charge for educational excellence, while the vast majority of children leaving foster care are almost certain to fail in private life.
Society has no business putting down its most defenseless members in this way and we need to examine our hearts and minds to resist and eradicate the greatest evils in a system that has become hopelessly bureaucratized, inefficient and needlessly expensive.
We must be able to look forward to the day when politicians in large jurisdictions are elected partly on how well foster children do in their domains.
On the bright side, there are State foster care systems that work well by trying to match children in need of care with family members willing to adopt them, rather than to immediately place them in foster homes...while at the same time working diligently with foster parents to do well with the children in their care. There are also countless foster parents who take excellent care of their foster children, but they are in the minority in large metropolitan settings where chronic shortages of foster and group homes abound.
Parental drug and alcohol abuse is a major factor why still so many children are taken into foster care. Unfortunately, too many children leaving foster care wind up becoming addicts themselves and frequently land in prison.
It is our intention to follow this expose with sequential editions to bring increasing depth and insight into its mission by adding the experiences of additional foster care people to keep the message vibrant and embracing.
We are currently in the third edition of "The Foster Care Dilemma"
We hope that this process will perpetually refresh and remind the public of what foster care could be and to work together to change it!
We openly solicit the financial and in-kind participation of those who seek ways of bringing progressive improvements to foster care standards.
We are open to issuing a newsletter to promote ideas for additional chapters to include in successive editions of these webpages. We need your help to create a groundswell of compelling reasons to end the uncalled for violence being directed at defenseless children.
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The principal reason for The Foster Care Dilemma project is to increase public awareness of the plight underprivileged children and young adults too often have to suffer through in our society today. While the root causes rest with their parents, it does not absolve society from its responsibility to do all it can to open doors for the salvation of these young abused people. For example, it's not OK for Angelenos to tolerate their county becoming the leading showcase for mismanaged youth. Unfortunately, LA is closely followed by most of the large metropolitan centers in America and Canada.
Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, San Bernardino, Riverside, Denver, Toronto, Quebec, Calgary and Vancouver, all come to mind.
The question is not whether this condition should be allowed to continue, but what can most expeditiously be done to alleviate this decline in morality and life expectations?
Since the present bureaucratic system has failed, it needs to become more community-driven. For example, there are already close to a hundred charitable entities in America exclusively focused on saving the lives of children at risk. Most of them have separate divisions that specialize in progressive foster care. Their achievements would greatly be advanced by reducing the over burdening red tape presently installed to control for-profit foster homes, some of which have seriously corrupted their child safety regulators.
We did not include religion-based foster care entities in this list, because too many of them have church-driven agendas that may conflict with good foster care practices.
North America is not alone in this dilemma and much has been written on this subject in Europe such as in England, Germany and France. In less affluent parts of Europe and elsewhere, youth conditions are worse.
To make the public more acutely aware of experiences reported by far too many children in Foster Care, we are publishing a succession of editions of the same book, The Foster Care Dilemma, to succinctly document the distrubing experiences had by inmates in foster or group homes. As more people read the book, increasing numbers of professionals bring to our attention the experiences of inmates under their care and also from youth aging out of foster care. We receive input from teachers, nurses, doctors, law enforcement members, case workers, as well as from former foster youth, which we follow up with in-depth interviews to establish the veracity of their inputs.
We are in our third edition now and expect to publish a new edition in print and eBook form approximately quarterly, until we draw the attention and mention of national media.
We find that the subject draws strong interest from many and the true test may be to capture the specifics of the most compelling examples to publish. At that stage we may have to consider going on road shows to give talks, including TED Talks and to partner with other public interest groups with concern for the welfare of the same young people, who are outpacing their elders in accomodating societal change. They may not care about spelling, but they sure know how to text!
3rd EDITION CONTENTS
Chapter 1, Danís Experience
Chapter 2, A Feminine Experience
Chapter 3, Dreadful Feminine Experience
Chapter 4, Mavis
Chapter 5, A Most Unusual Feminine Experience
Chapter 6, Humane Foster Care Approaches
Chapter 7, The Foster/Adoption Alternative
Chapter 8, New Jersey Female Rebel
Chapter 9, Mentally Impaired in Foster Care
Chapter 10, A Successful Foster Home
Chapter 11, Insight from an Adult Foster Care Survivor
Chapter 12, Psychotropic drug abuse in Foster Care
Chapter 13, Children at Risk in Foster Care
Chapter 14, Foster Care in England
Chapter 15, Aging Out Of Foster Care
Chapter 16, More on Aging out of Foster Care
Chapter 17, The State of the Art in Foster Care
Chapter 18, A Past Community Mode
Chapter 19, A Present Community Model
Chapter 20, LA Foster Care Spins out of Control
Chapter 21, New York's Dilemma