This week’s foster care in the news…
When Tom and Kelly Hogeman learned they couldn’t have any more children, they began exploring domestic and international adoptions. But the astronomical costs — sometimes up to $20,000 — deterred them from the process. They ended up joining the local foster care program as a foster-adopt family about seven months ago. Since then, they have become licensed foster parents, and are awaiting their first placement. (Full Story).
It appears that the squabble over money between Central Florida and the local Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been resolved. Now they can focus on the 1,700 kids that are in care in Orange and Osceola counties, with the addition of $1.4 million for new expenses. (More….).
Michael Stockley says that if it weren’t for foster care, he probably wouldn’t be alive today. Things didn’t start out too good at the first foster home he was in, but things improved in the second foster home.
“I already felt like I was the worst kid in the world, and no one was going to change that,” Stockley said. “I felt like I didn’t deserve parents.”
San Mateo County, CA, has found that the foster care system there is in need of some help. Sound familiar? The jury believes youth reach 18 without the skills to succeed.
“This failure has two causes: the system either engenders a sense of entitlement and an expectation of being provided for, or it inculcates a sense of helpless and an inability to affect one’s own life,” says the jury.
And we thought we had problems here in the states, as far as finding foster care placements for children. The fact is that it could be worse… This story from the Liverpool.co.uk.
Victoria Rowell, the actress famous for the role of Drucilla Barber on “The Young and the Restless, signed autographs, posed for photographs and spoke with various state officials about the continuing need to support the more than 500,000 children living in foster care across the country. She has also pursued other interests, such as film roles and programs for children in need. In 1990, she founded The Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, a scholarship fund that helps foster children pursue their interests in art, dance and sports. Victoria knows the foster care system all too well. She was placed in care as an infant, in Maine. (Bangor Daily News article).