Disclaimer two: I am not talking about the children who are abused or harmed in anyway. I am skmpily talking about the children who get taken away because the parents can't afford to give them the bare nessesities.
Disclaimer 3: I live in Canada so it may be different? But the only difference I know of is we call it MCFD.
Okay so I did a practicum at MCFD and this is one of the biggest problems I saw. (Especially on First Nation reserves but that's a bigger problem.
So we give the parents a certain amount of money to take care of the children (if any at all) the amount is small and not livable at all. So we come in take the children and give them to a foster home. The foster home may be way better off to start with or it could be lower down you never know. We give them this cheque that is bigger then the parents was.
Why why why do we do that?
In my perfect world we would give the bigger cheque to the parents. We would have a social worker visiting that home teaching the parents how to take care of their kids (people don't always know!) also the social worker could help them find cheap healthy food. our community has a good food box program. $20 for a box of fruit and veggies from local farmers that lasts a month! why are we not taking advantage if that! If they dont have a car then the social worker should help them get bus passes at a discount. they would have to attend parenting classes (which we need better ones. The ones in place are awful)
In short terms instead of reacting to these "horrible parents" who can't take care of their children. Why don't we use the resources that are already in place to help them.
That's my rant for the day.