Deadbeat State

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

09/11/2005 - If the state of California, its counties and its communities are each responsible for raising the 80,000-plus foster children in the system, we are all guilty of being deadbeat parents.For too long, California has failed -- and continues to -- in its obligation to provide homes and hope to tens of thousands of children in its foster-care system.

Further disabling the disjointed and underfunded system is a silo-type structure with standards that vary widely from county to county. Most often, the abused and neglected youth who enter the system are essentially left to fend for themselves as they bounce from home to home until they emancipate, or "age out," at 18.

At that point, they really are on their own.

Go to the full article on the San FranciscoChronicle's site--Deatbeat State.

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