Children are often made to sound more "troubled" than they really are in the foster "care" system because there are perverse incentives to label children. Foster children often receive labels as being "emotionally disturbed" or "mentally ill" on a disproportionate basis not only because of the perverse financial incentives, but because staff members and other "service providers" might want to drug children to make them more docile and easily controlled.Much of this was revealed in a report titled "Forgotten Children", which was produced by the Texas State Comptroller's office,during the term of Comptroller Carole Keaton Strayhorn.
Each of the reports Craig writes about can be found in their entirety at: http://www.hope4kidz.org/resea... at this page of research.
The Forgotten Children's Report can be downloaded from a link on the home page.The reports were posted to inform the public of the present and past reports on Child Protective Services in Texas, repeatedly failing children in state foster care, while bringing more children into foster care than the agency is capable of caring for.
Many children in Texas foster care need to go home. Parents do a better job of raising children than therapeutic foster homes and residential foster care facilities. The state's investigative reports find the state of Texas CONTINUES "failing" children in state foster care. Texas looks the other way when children are abused in foster care. Failing children means abusing and neglecting children's needs.
For starters: Review every case of the children who have been in the system the longest. Find out if parents who are willing and capable of caring for their children and send them home. Start moving children OUT of foster care, with support to help children transition to stable lives.
Limit the influx of children for frivolous reasoning; meaning, Judges, "start asking questions before handing out warrants for removal."
When a child has been in more than three placements, probation officers use this as reason to revoke children's probation and place children in TYC. Want proof? Please?
Help children return home in child time; not, in court time.