Today we added the 500th case to our abuse case archive. This dubious honor goes to a case of sexual abuse of a ten-year-old girl adopted by Jon Paul Reid. Among the 500 cases we have archived over the past three years, this case, unfortunately, doesn't stand out as particularly exceptional. There have been many children like the Reid girl before, and since little is done to prevent these situations, we will likely have to document several similar cases in the future.
When we started collecting cases of abuse in child placement, we weren't certain about the extent of the problem. In fact the initiative for this archive was partially inspired by the desire to find out the extent of the problem.
The story of a NJ foster-father, (now deceased), is making headlines in the US this weekend as memoirs of Margaux Fragaso ("Tiger,Tiger") are making the news this weekend. [After receiving her Ph.D. in 2009, Fragaso was able to sell the piece that became her dissertation, and already translation rights have been sold to publishers in Italy, France, The Netherlands, and China. ]
EVERYONE THAT HAS KIDS IN FOSTER CARE PLEASE FIGHT TO GET THEM. I LIVED IN FOSTER CARE FOR OVER 13YRS. IT IS SO PAINFUL AT TIMES. I USE TO FEEL LIKE IF MY MOTHER DID NOT WANT ME THEN WHO WILL. I AM GROWN NOW AND STILL HOLDIN ON TO PAIN THAT I CAN'T LET GO. I STILL CRY SO MUCH. SO PLEASE DO WHAT U GOT TO DO
An article found in UK's Mailonline features the story of a family broken and separated by social workers because the parents have many obese children. According to media reports, immediately after birth, the newest addition to the "very large" family was taken away by a social worker, and that newborn infant was put in foster care. Perhaps we are to presume the placement was a preventative measure, and the removal of the parent's older children was in the name of "a child's best interest".
TANF is the United States of America's federal assistance program, formerly known as “welfare”. It began on July 1, 1997, and succeeded the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, providing cash assistance to indigent American families with dependent children through the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The purposes of the TANF program as described in section 401 of the Social Security Act are as follows:
When we first started Pound Pup Legacy, in November 2006, one of our main objectives was to raise public awareness to the problems adoptees face, in particular, abuse within the adoptive home and family. At first, we could not find much formal documentation addressing "abuse after adoption". According to those who study adoption issues, it's known that abuse in adoptive homes does take place, but very few studies have been dedicated to the subject.
Today I learned about yet another child who died at the hands of an adoptive parent. Since we started the abuse cases section we found out about 198 children that died because of abuse or neglect while being placed out (70 of which in foster care and 128 adopted).
Last Sunday a boy by the name of Kevin Michael King died in Bakersfield, California at the hands of his adoptive mother from blunt force to the chest and abdomen.
The US department of Health and Human Service, Administration for Children and Families maintains statistics about foster care. While browsing through their site, I came across the number of children in foster care on the last day of year (September 30). Although the data is from FY2002 to FY2006 it's still interesting to see what states are doing well in reducing the number of children in foster care and what states are not.
I decided to take the average of the annual growth for these years and created the following map.
After a while, I get tired of reading about the adoption-option being in the best interest of the child. In many cases, adoption of very young children is far more about feeding into the PAP want and need to "parent", than helping those who need a helping hand due to death, violence or accidental tragedy.
To me, one of the most striking examples of adoption lobby lingo has always been the term "children awaiting adoption". According to the various websites on the internet there must be hundreds of thousands of children all around the world all awaiting adoption, though I've never heard a single child use that terminology.