By Trace A. DeMeyer
Yes, these ideas are from our good ol' federal government.
The Adoption Incentive Program was created
as part of the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, which authorized
incentive funds (like bonuses) to states that increased the number of children adopted out of
foster care. This plan actually saves the states money, because once a child is
adopted, the state no longer pays a monthly check to the foster parents.
The Fostering Connections to Success and
Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (quite a fancy name) provided stronger incentives (more
money) for states to find children adoptive homes (especially for older
children and children with special needs). Let’s call them Special Children for
Why cash? People who plan to adopt still
prefer white babies, as to be expected per adoption propaganda.
Why babies? Adoptive parents are convinced
they can mold the baby to their expectations, the earlier the better.
If a person wishes to raise and parent a child, even a
Special Child, why would there need to be a cash incentive?
For each SPECIAL child in Louisiana, the incentive awards are $4,000 for each
foster child adoption; $4,000 for each special needs child; and $8,000 for each
child age nine or older. Some of these things you simply cannot make up.
Perhaps this is why the Mormons especially tend to foster and adopt several children at
one time. One Dine friend was one of 10 adopted by a Mormon family who also made them work outside the home. We are talking serious cash coming each month per foster child - from the state and from the Mormon's own church coffers.
Well, let me see… These are kids who have
been in the system a long time, or they are labeled bad kids because they act
out their frustrations, or they are damaged goods because of abuse (emotional,
physical or sexual) by caregivers and parents. There are horror stories that
circulate among adopters that some of the older ones won’t bond.
would have to be bribed with cash to adopt a damaged kid, right? What kind of parent would that person be, really?
In total, HHS awarded more than $32.5 million to Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska,
Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana,
Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire,
New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia,
Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
are your tax dollars.
In a perfect world, if you want to raise and parent a child, you call your Department of Children and Family Services and get trained to be a foster parent. You do not legally adopt but become the child's legal guardian and you preserve contact with the child's first family. In this perfect world, federal dollars are spent to preserve, not separate, children from their families.
All Children are sacred and need our protection. Why aren't we there yet?
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