Every day, state child welfare services receive phone calls reporting potential child abuse.
Immediately, the child is removed from the potential danger until a thorough investigation can be completed. Then the search begins for a foster family willing to take that particular child. Is the child’s age right? Is the race right? Is the level of care needed right?
Sometimes yes, but many times there’s not family for a child. That child is then placed in a residential facility or an emergency shelter until a family becomes available.
It’s bad enough that there are significantly more children who need a home than there are foster families. But many of the families who are available only want a young, cute, compliant child. And they wouldn’t consider taking in brothers and sisters to keep a sibling group together. The young, cute, compliant child is quickly placed in a home.
But the truth is, many rescued children have experienced horrific trauma and they have issues. They’re angry. They don’t trust. They act out. Who wants a child like that? And forget about taking a teenager into the home.