SHIPLEY | Fund solutions -- not failure -- when it comes to foster care
By Charlene Shipley WDRB Contributor Foster Parent
Each year, the federal government spends around $4.4 billion to maintain the foster care program, yet very little of that is allocated to services helping prevent the need for foster care.
In 2013, Kentucky had 104,000 child abuse or neglect claims, yet only investigated 52,000 of them, and of that, only around 11,000 children were put in out-of-home care. I find it hard to believe that out of 100,000 calls, only 11,000 children were being abused or neglected.
We are letting children suffer due to lack of resources and that is not okay. If we are not equipped to protect them at the rate unfit parents are having them, then fixing that issue needs to be first and foremost. There are 2,000 nonprofit organizations in Jefferson County alone just waiting to help those who need it. They offer things like maternity homes, counseling, job assistance, birth control, food, rehab, mentoring, parenting classes and so much more.
Why is the state not utilizing help from these organizations if they can't handle the load? Why aren't we cutting off financial assistance to those parents found guilty who don't show steps to getting help?
We need these parents to get help if we want to break the cycle. If you're like me and want to find solutions rather than fund failure, please contact organizations like Lifehouse Louisville at louisvillelifehouse.org to find out how you can help.
I'm Charlene Shipley and that's my Point of View.
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