Foster Care System Frustrations

March 4th, 2012
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Dog on goat-gfairyYesterday I had lunch with the director of my foster care/adoption agency.  We coincidentally were at the same training so it was great to lunch with her, my case worker and the adoption case worker.  Our agency is undergoing a change right now, and we will no longer be taking foster-care placements from the state (Texas).  The agency is going back to it's original mission of infant adoption. I was curious about this decision, obviously, since I know the director has a real passion for older-child adoption.  . It was a lengthy conversation but basically, it boils down to this: I've known for some time that the way the state uses CPA's (child placing agencies) for foster care is unfair.  Basically, the… [more]

Puddin’

October 17th, 2011
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Brown and white handsYou may remember me writing about Puddin'.  She was a 3-year-old who came to us twice, both times voluntarily placed in temporary care by her dad.  Dad was a single parent who loved his daughter to pieces.  He simply could not make it work.  He couldn't stay employed, he couldn't hold on to housing,  he didn't have reliable child care, he couldn't keep food on the table. In some ways, Puddin' had it easy.  She had probably never been abused, she was loved, she had the stability of her father in her life.  On the other hand, she had been passed around to family and friends, seldom seeing the same people twice, never staying more than a few days or… [more]