Government is Not the Best Responder to Family Crisis. Family is.

Government is Not the Best Responder to Family Crisis. This is.

Foster Care News

As the last of six children growing up in a small town, an “oops” baby born to older parents, I was raised by a crowd. My sisters, already in high school when I was born, were my second and third mothers.

I was surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and “might-as-well-be” relatives who kept an eye on me whenever I wandered around downtown Sandersville, Georgia. In a place like that, I could rely on my extended family and my neighbors to keep me safe. And if anything had happened to my parents, I know my adult siblings would have cared for me.

Child welfare professionals are just catching back up to this concept: Government is not the best first responder to family crisis. Family is.

In the last four years, Georgia’s child welfare system has …

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