Foster Care Quality: A Missing Piece of the Story of Missing Girls

John Kelly’s article, The Foster Care Aspect of the D.C. Missing Girls Story, draws an important connection between recent uproar about missing girls in the District, many of whom turned out to be runaways, and

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Marie K. Cohen
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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, on Facebook at Fostering Reform or on Twitter@fosteringreform.


  1. In this story, there is a reference I totally disagree with the lack of care as it’s obvious in the above statement: Unfortunately, we don’t have enough of these great foster parents. That’s why we don’t fire the bad ones.The ramifications are enormous for the child and obviously the system is paying (rewarding) bad behaviour of the foster parent/parents. This is so unacceptable and would never be tolerated with a biological parent trying to get their child back. This is the reason why “In the Best Interest of the Child” is an outright lie to kids in care. With this kind of tolerance, children don’t have a chance. They will go through the doors of a broken system and fail to be loved. It’s no wonder I moved 11 times and became a victim to foster care abusers.

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