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November 11, 2007 permalink
We used to wonder where children's aid found all those workers with the extraordinary personality traits allowing them to shamelessly take children from mom and dad. Now we know. They are graduates of foster care themselves.
A reader with unusual patience for tripe has studied a report of Bridgeway Family Homes, a home for foster children and crown wards. Of eighteen graduates profiled, eight aspire to careers in social work, or police work in support of social services.
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As usual in social services, they make no mention of the foster kids that wound up behind bars, and they name children in a way that would get real parents in jail.
The introduction of the newsletter describes an incident on a public street in which a mother was observed trying to get a garment on a recalcitrant child. The characterization exemplifies the prejudice against natural parents, and favoring fosters: "It may have been a mother and son having a disagreement of some sort and I could have totally misread the whole situation. However I prefer my version where I am reminded of the unconditional love that is extended to foster children from foster parents.".
A later section asks the question: "What can dinosaurs teach us about fostering?". The discussion contains the advice: "If you have a rigid idea of what parenting looks like, fostering is probably not for you". Indeed. Social work is for you. With a rigid idea, you will find lots of parents to relieve of their children. Maybe dinosaurs and the foster system were both too big.
The newsletter publishes the masterpiece below from the Social Work Museum of Fine Arts, by Skylar, age 3.