PRR Reader Writes:
"Laws do need to be changed! What we really need to address is Congress in Washington D.C., and put a STOP to the federal funding that goes to DSHS for EVERY child they keep in foster care. DSHS doesn't get federal funding if that child remains with a family member. Last year alone Washington State received roughly fifteen million dollars in federal funding. That doesn't include the social security DSHS files for these kids as well. If the federal funding was in place to support family members over foster care, you would see a lot more of these kids and families preserved. It's no wonder children in foster care has increased 350% since this federal bill was passed in 1998. This bill was passed to HELP the children! NOT to help a corrupt state agency supplement their spending habits with OUR children!"
My Comment: Money is not the real motivator. $15 million is chump change in the big picture. SSI is also a chunk of change. Sure...in part it is about the industry that surrounds the agency...counseling for the mothers (usually it is the mother with a drug issue no matter how small)...counseling for the children (they are so traumatised by the removal and placement with strangers that they now need it!), the CASA program, the money and jobs associated with free attorneys for the young and often indigent mother and boyfriend, the workers who drive the child to and from visits, the court clerks, bailiffs and judges, etc. But, there is one very highly placed DSHS person who agrees with me. Money is not the issue.