Must-See Documentary On Flawed US Foster Children System — Taking Away Children From Loving Families

19 Jun

Watch this short version of the documentary, “Place-to-Place” that uncovers the disasters that the foster care system, like the one in Arlington Virginia, are creating at a cost of $8 billion dollars a year, creating homelessness, unwanted teen pregnancies, overdrugging of children, and worst of all, a void in their lives of being with the love of their families.    We hope that every Arlington DHS employee, every family court judge, every legislator, and every GAL watches this and decides, finally, to push for a change in the way they do business and the value (or to this point lack of value) they place on keeping families intact and the love those families provide.

There are 423,000 foster children in the USA.

The USA spends about $8,000,000,000 (eight BILLION) dollars annually on foster “care.”

Twelve million Americans have been in foster “care.” (myself included)

Thirty thousand young people age out of foster “care” each year in the USA.

1 in 7 former foster children (aged out) are homeless at some point before age 21.

Half of all former foster children will be unemployed at some point before age 21.

71 percent of all female former foster children will become pregnant before they are 21.

77 percent of all male former foster children will be arrested prior to their 21st birthday.

A few quotes from the film:

“[If] you set out to design, intentionally, the worst possible child welfare system, it would look like the system we have.” — From Place to Place, anon.

“We move them from a situation of risk, to one of danger, when we place them into these temporary systems…” — From Place to Place, anon.

“The system can never provide real love: real heart-bonded love like a mother has.” – Codie, in From Place to Place

“I needed somebody who gave a damn, and not because they were getting paid to give a damn.” – , in From Place to Place

“How we care for young people in this country really defines the strength of us as a country, and it matters.” – From Place to Place, anon.

“It breaks you down, makes you hurt, tears your heart, kills your belief, and your vigor for life. Rejection hurts. It’s absolutely hell to grow up switching place to place.” – Kirsten, in From Place to Place

“Human beings are very deeply geared towards attachment. We cannot tolerate loneliness. We cannot tolerate being by ourselves. We cannot tolerate being just flecks of dust traveling through the universe. We need to be connected. And of course, our most natural connection system, are our families.” – Bessel Van Der Kolk, founder of The Trauma Center, (Credited with diagnosis of PTSD)

Learn more: Fight CPS

Watch the full length version of the Place to Place documentary on Hulu

 

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