Foster care crisis deeper than a few bad parents
Earlier this week, The Mountaineer reported on the rising number of children in the foster care system in Haywood County, the increasing costs to the county and the need for more licensed foster homes.
While all this is true, the statistics reported by the Department of Social Services make it clear that the problem goes deeper than a few “bad parents.” It is time to look at the circumstances surrounding the removal of a child from a home and look past the surface problems to the underlying issues in our community that — while perhaps not directly causing the problem — certainly aren’t helping it either.
It is no secret that budget cuts have been made and are likely to continue, particularly when it comes to social services. While some might declare this a good and necessary thing, the ...