October 28, 2011

Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness

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Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness: DSS and affiliates rewarded for breaking up families

"A report from a private think tank, the National Center
for Policy Analysis, reads: "The way the federal government
reimburses States rewards a growth in the size of the program
instead of the effective care of children."

We simply cannot continue to ignore conflict of interest issues surrounding adoption and how they influence policy.

I had the privilege of attending a 8046 Conference today. It was truly a delight to witness government agencies and faith-based organizations joining together for the purpose of serving foster children.

Imagine a world where the Church was fulfilling James 1:27

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."

This article in the NY Times beautifully highlights a Chicago-based non-profit ministry called "Safe Families for Children".

Started by David Anderson, a child psychologist who heads a Christian service agency, Safe Families

"...draws mainly on churches to find families who will take in children, with no compensation or expectation of adoption."

The speakers today were inspiring, but we need to be asking ourselves hard questions.

Is adoption, the way it is practiced today, really the solution?


Lori said...

The sad part is, this has been going on since the early years of foster care. It was the states' big answer to orphanages.... street kids... and abuse. It has never changed.

When you pay someone to take a child and pay them more to give the child away... more children end up like me.

Independent Adoption Center said...

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