Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Ugly Truth About Foster Care

To Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, simplicity was the hallmark of modern architecture, hence the aphorism for which he is credited, “Less is more.” When it comes to children in foster care, less is most definitely more - if “less” connotes fewer abused and neglected children, fewer petitions for deprivation, fewer children for whom permanency is an issue, and fewer tax dollars necessary to fund child protection (aka “deprivation” or “dependency”) proceedings.  The reality, however, is that while the number of children coming into care has decreased and the number of children exiting care has increased in the last decade, there remains an unsustainable number of children in foster care.

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