By Charlene Shipley
WDRB Guest Editorial

One year ago I decided to start the foster parent process. My goal was not only to help the child I received, but find ways to improve the system overall.

But after nine months of having a foster child, I can tell you first hand that this system is broken.

I certainly didn't expect fostering to be easy, and I knew from the start that the child in my care had certain needs beyond those of the average child. But what I didn't expect was the frustration that comes from dealing with a system in which so many people are simply in it for the money.

Because of so many unqualified and uncaring foster parents, all the others must endure so much intrusive oversight and overly rigid rules that those who really want to make a difference simply can't. And in many cases, the bureaucrats overseeing the system are little better than the people they supposedly supervise.

Clearly, if more capable people with truly good intentions would step up to be foster parents, the unqualified money grubbers would no longer be needed, and maybe those operating the system could spend less time operating as police and more time exploring ways in which to really help these children.

If that makes sense to you, please take the time to look into what it takes to become a foster parent. If enough caring people step forward to replace the uncaring, the possibilities for real improvement in these kids' lives will be limitless.

I'm Charlene Shipley, and that's my Point of View.