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Working Within, Good People Can Reform Foster Care

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By with Michael R. Shannon Friday, 20 March 2020 04:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

We've written many times about the failures of the nation’s foster care system.

But this week we ran across a story that contends the many failures of foster care are exactly why you should consider becoming a foster parent.

We're now convinced.

Hans Fiene and his wife are foster parents in Illinois.

During their first year as foster parents, "we [saw] firsthand how profoundly inefficient the system can be and how easily justice can be hindered through the laziness, bitterness and bigotry of those who are supposed to be working in the best interest of these vulnerable children but aren’t."

At the conclusion of that first year they decided they would never be a part of that flawed system again. "Then my wife and I immediately said 'yes' a few months later when our agency asked us to take another child in need of a home."

Why did they rejoin a broken system?

Because good people, working from inside the system, can reform the foster care system. More important, the children need help now! Not after the system is reformed.

Fiene lists the primary objections couples have to becoming foster parents, along with his rebuttals.

First is: "What’s the point if kids aren’t going to be removed from their parent’s homes?" Yes, the system fails and returns children to homes where the abuse continues. "But plenty of children who have been removed from their homes still need yours." There are over 400,000 children in foster care who need homes right now. And most important, "Just because you can’t help everyone doesn’t mean you can’t help anyone."

Second is: "I don’t think I could give them back." Fiene contends this excuse is actually offensive, in that it implies couples who are participating in the foster care system are so callous they have no problem shuffling children like a deck of cards. This was something that hadn’t occurred to us, but makes sense.

Fiene then states the obvious, "fostering is not about you. It’s about the children. If God calls you to heal their hearts by breaking your own, remember you’re in good company. If Jesus sacrificed the final beat of His heart so we could return home to our Father’s kingdom, how blessed are we to mirror that sacrificial love for the little ones in our own lives."

Fiene’s main point is focusing on the systemic problems of foster care in the U.S. can paralyze couples and cause them to overlook the pressing need in their own community. Thomas à Kempis once said that when considering where you can help, "Do the duty nearest you."

We hope that many of you will consider joining the foster care program as the duty nearest you.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Focusing on the systemic problems of foster care in the U.S. can paralyze couples and cause them to overlook the pressing need in their own community. We hope that many of you will consider joining the foster care program.
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