June 16, 2014
The Parent’s Scheme
It seems like just a short time ago since the Department of Children and Families took my sister, brother and me out of my mother’s home for good. In reality it happened a little over ten years ago. I was 9 years old, my sister 7 and my brother 6. I went to live with my grandparents along with my sister but separated from my brother. My brother ended up going into a foster home that was not close to my grandparents. Little did I know that when two years passed they would give us up putting us because they were moving to another state. I then went into another family’s home. My social worker told me everything would be ok but that ended up being a lie. I was now separated from both of my siblings. I had no family involved in my life. I lived with a foster family that didn’t treat me any better than my mother did. I did not have a good childhood. I went through many obstacles. As a former foster child, I went to many homes, and during this period I began to see an ongoing pattern.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, foster care system is by all means corrupt. Foster parents can get away with manipulation gaining financial support from the government. That money is provided to make sure all the child’s needs are met and make sure he or she feels safe where they live. The foster parents often take advantage of this privilege focusing more on their own needs. There have been many cases in which the foster parents manipulate for their own gain. Such as the Oliver case for instance. Which dealt with the death of a five year old boy from his mother. The department has been under the spotlight for quite some time, so I will focus on a major issue and several bad experiences I had with the foster care system.
When I was young, I like all children, including those in foster care, deserve homes that are secure and welcoming. Why, however, does it seem as if not every child...