The Other Missing Children: Those Fleeing Abusive and Neglectful Homes

Last week I wrote a column about the missing children who have run away from District of Columbia foster homes. Youth Services Insider estimated that foster youth account for about 10 percent of missing children

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Marie K. Cohen
About Marie K. Cohen 68 Articles
Marie K. Cohen (MPA, MSW) is a child advocate, researcher, and policy analyst. She worked as social worker in the District of Columbia's child welfare system for five years. She is a member of the Citizen's Review Committee for the DC Child and Family Services Agency and the DC Child Fatality Review Commission and a mentor to a foster youth. Follow her blog at fosteringreform.blogspot.org, on Facebook at Fostering Reform or on Twitter@fosteringreform.

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  1. Marie K. Cohen wrote, “Many of these children have been betrayed by a system that failed to protect them, leaving running away as their only option.”

    I am curious to learn if “the system” is responsible for significant numbers of perfectly healthy American newborns who begin life with a perfectly healthy, clean human hard drive mounted above their shoulders…

    …maturing into depressed, angry, frustrated, sometimes violent teens and adults engaging in homicidal and suicidal behaviors that frequently harms or seriously impairs the Quality of Life for their peaceful neighbors and community?

    Is “the system” responisble for a significant population of selfish, immature, irresponsible, emotionally or mentally ill teen and adult American moms failing to recognize that placing ABOVE ALL ELSE the emotional well-being of America’s most precious and cherished assets will most likely result with fairly or wonderfully happy children maturing into reasonably responsible teen and adult citizens respecting themselves as well as their peaceful and/or less fortunate neighbors!

    How many of my American neighbors are familiar with the late popular American urban story-truth-teller Tupac Shakur’s (often misinterpreted) #T_H_U_G_L_I_F_E Child Abuse, Emotional Neglect, Abandonment and Maltreatment *AWARENESS* concept:

    “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fvvks Everyone” ~Tupac Shakur

    “We need more people who care; you know what I’m saying? We need more women, mothers, fathers, we need more of that…” ~Tupac Shakur

    Peace.
    ___
    #T_H_U_G_L_I_F_E, >>REMEDY>>> #A_F_R_E_C_A_N

    “America’s Firm Resolve to End Childhood Abuse and Neglect”

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