• How One Judge Almost Eliminated Foster Care Simply by Applying the Law - A National Model?

    The Washington Post recently featured a judge out of Louisiana, Judge Ernestine S. Gray, who has reportedly "reduced foster care numbers to levels unmatched anywhere in the country" in Orleans Parish. Richard A. Webster, writing for the Post, reports: Between 2011 and 2017, the number of children in foster care here fell by 89 percent compared with an 8 percent increase nationally. New Orleans children who do enter the system don’t stay long. Seventy percent are discharged within a month; nationally, it’s only 5 percent. Gray has effectively all but eliminated foster care except in extreme situations, quickly returning children flagged by social workers to their families or other relatives. “We shouldn’t be taking kids away from their parents because they don’t have food or a refrigerator,” she said in explaining her philosophy. “I grew up in a poor family in South Carolina, and we didn’t have a lot. But what I had was people who cared about me.” The greatest threat of harm for most of the children who appear before her, she stresses, is being unnecessarily removed from their families. “Foster care is put up as this thing that is going to save kids, but kids die in foster care, kids get sick in foster care,” she said. “So we ought to be trying to figure out how to use that as little as possible. People have a right to raise their children.”

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  • How One Judge Almost Eliminated Foster Care Simply by Applying the Law - A National Model?

    Pat said:

    Wow! GOOD FOR HER! I grew up in an abusive family, and if the government had taken me out, it would have made things 10 or 100 times worse for ME. I survived, and I made sure that the kind of abusiveness that happened when I was growing up, did NOT happen to my children. I learned a very important lesson from my upbringing: compassion. I doubt if I could have learned it any other way. It is one of my most valued character traits.
    God placed children in the families that have them, and He knows what He is doing. He selected my parents specifically for me. I honor His decision.
    Sure, sometimes children get hurt. Crimes are committed against other people, too. That doesn't justify the current system. When GOVERNMENTS start getting pregnant, I might change my mind. But they never will.
    The current system is nothing short of tyranny. This is particularly true since they often operate on the basis of anonymous complaints (which can be motivated by revenge, for example, as happened one time to us), and they simply do not have the knowledge to know the true story. They go after innocent people because they are vulnerable. They lie to parents, and tell them if they cooperate, they'll get their children back. The opposite is true. Whatever parents do to cooperate will be used against reuniting the family. Parents deserve a Miranda warning. I tell parents, DO NOT COOPERATE.
    I have personally investigated several cases where innocent people lost their children because they cooperated. I don't owe it to some stranger who graduated from some university in a FAKE social science to answer their questions. And when Adult Protective Services tried to get me to cooperate, I refused there as well. I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself, and my children.

    God Bless this woman!!!😇

  • How One Judge Almost Eliminated Foster Care Simply by Applying the Law - A National Model?

    Wow! GOOD FOR HER! I grew up in an abusive family, and if the government had taken me out, it would have made things 10 or 100 times worse for ME. I survived, and I made sure that the kind of abusiveness that happened when I was growing up, did NOT happen to my children. I learned a very important lesson from my upbringing: compassion. I doubt if I could have learned it any other way. It is one of my most valued character traits.

    God placed children in the families that have them, and He knows what He is doing. He selected my parents specifically for me. I honor His decision.

    Sure, sometimes children get hurt. Crimes are committed against other people, too. That doesn't justify the current system. When GOVERNMENTS start getting pregnant, I might change my mind. But they never will.

    The current system is nothing short of tyranny. This is particularly true since they often operate on the basis of anonymous complaints (which can be motivated by revenge, for example, as happened one time to us), and they simply do not have the knowledge to know the true story. They go after innocent people because they are vulnerable. They lie to parents, and tell them if they cooperate, they'll get their children back. The opposite is true. Whatever parents do to cooperate will be used against reuniting the family. Parents deserve a Miranda warning. I tell parents, DO NOT COOPERATE.

    I have personally investigated several cases where innocent people lost their children because they cooperated. I don't owe it to some stranger who graduated from some university in a FAKE social science to answer their questions. And when Adult Protective Services tried to get me to cooperate, I refused there as well. I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself, and my children.