July held other news for us that the tragedy in Norway which I wrote about yesterday.
The so-called scandals in our foster care system continued to emerge. It is hard to call them scandals when they were known by professionals for at least a decade. It has been some 10 years since the first complaint about the foster care parents in Mern came to the knowledge of the authorities. Despite this fact children in the foster care system were sent to this particular family and they suffered hardship, according to the district attorneys even abuse.
I think that they should start to take a look at the entire system – if they dare.
Do we have our own kids-for-cash scandal in Denmark? Are certain group homes, residential treatment families or foster care families chosen despite knowledge of circumstances close to abuse because there is money between the people?
We cannot know because it is a closed system.
Children may be exposed to abuse and we cannot do anything about it. There are simply not enough trained personnel in Denmark to handle the children who need protection and care. We have a system which motivates the foster care parents to enter the industry due to the money.
We know from the authorities themselves that there are errors in 64 percent of the cases which are appealed.
We do know that one kid in the foster care system is abused every 14 day.
We do know that there have been on benefit proven by placing a kid in the foster care system compared to leave the kid alone despite how badly the child is treated at home.
Foster care parents are not tested thorough as biological parents are when the social services think that the children are in danger.
Foster care parents are often personal Facebook friends with the managers in the social services or simply people who are laid off and compensated with a job housing some children from the foster care system as compensation. It is about the money. No love lost there.
Of course some politicians from the Danish people party jumped into the media trying to make them look as they cared about children being forced to live outside their homes but we do know that it is a face because they did not support their own party member – Tina Petersen – against the legal attack from a residential treatment program called Solhaven. She was left hanging to dry when she tried to protect children.
I know that I am cynical but I believe that these scandals will be forgotten soon. I will pray for the children who live in the foster care system.