Many hands make light work, but too few can be ruinous. One of the greatest challenges for the foster care system is the lack of foster parents.
“Our moral failing is as a community,” said Annie Blackledge, executive director of The Mockingbird Society. “We’ve created this ‘system’ to take care of ‘those kids’ so we don’t have to look. The idea we have in our heads is that ‘someone’ is taking care of it, but systems don’t raise kids, we do, and we’ve abdicated our responsibility as community members for caring for our most vulnerable. It lies at our doorstep.”