A Voice from the Voiceless & Forgotten
An Anthology of a Foster Care System Survivor


Hear the Anguished Cries




This was published as an Op-Ed piece to my local newspaper 11/08/03 in light of the recent New Jersey story:

Once again, we see sickening banner headlines and the TV cameras rolling, regarding children being abused while under the care of a state child welfare agency. In the most recent case, it is four, adopted New Jersey boys being starved. The total weight of the boys, ranging in age from four to nineteen, was 136 pounds.

It is reported that nine underlings in the "system" are being fired since this incident. What about their supervisors? What about the supervisors management? What about those in charge of the state agency responsible for child welfare?

How many more times must we see stories of children being physically or sexually abused, lost in the system, killed and, as in this case, starved?

We say children are our most valuable asset. When will this myth actually become a reality in the lives of children within the child welfare system? When will Americans become enraged enough to demand action?

I am a survivor of a foster care system. I survived, not because of it, but rather, in spite of it. I am one of the lucky ones. I think of those not so fortunate.

When the story drops from the papers and the TV cameras focus their lens on a different "sensational" headline, will our concern go elsewhere as well?

How many more innocent children's lives have to be placed in jeopardy before this system is reformed?

Come on America...don't just say children are our most valuable asset, PROVE IT! DEMAND ACTION!




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CHAPTERS:


Diary of an Unborn Child


A Child's Horror


A Child Left Behind


Hear the Anguished Cries


How Many Need to Suffer


What's It Like?


Tribute to Foster Parents


What Foster Children Need


Give A Voice


Letter to Politicians


Maybe


Do You Wonder?


Why I Share My Experiences


Search Worth It?


Who Are We?


Why I Continue to Care


Letter to Foster Youth/Alumni


When, When, When


Hefty: Luggage of Fostercare


Pro-Life After Birth


System Reform Overview


CPS Reform


Foster Care Reform


Adoption Reform


Uniform Definitions of Neglect/Abuse


Gay/Lesbian Foster/Adoption?


Thousands Wait Adoption


Epilogue



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