Group Home Closure Eliminates Key Option for Most Challenging Foster Youth

I was sad to read in the Chicago Tribune that yet another well-respected institution is closing its doors to foster children as a consequence of the current belief that a loveless foster family is better

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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, on Facebook at Fostering Reform or on Twitter@fosteringreform.

1 Comment

  1. It’s misleading and inaccurate to assert that only two options exist for kids seized from home by the state. Since many TPR actions follow wrongful ‘neglect’ findings, many of these minors would be better off with kin.
    Too often CPS is quick to besmirch a poor family as neglectful. Kids yanked from poor families could remain more safely in place if a fraction of the foster custody industry money was spent at home.
    Lumping poor kids in with actually abused ones muddies the picture. Yet HHS mandates family preservation – or reunification – as top goals.
    Ignoring this had led to the current imbroglio, which is costly and often harmful to kids.
    Stopping this runaway train is a moral imperative. Returning many seized kids to kin, with appropriate support, is a better idea.

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