This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Fostering Families

The Washington Post is running a series on families in "the system" because the parents use drugs or drink. Both the daughter and mother are placed in facilities.

I have a modest suggestion. Find a setting where the entire family, including the father, is fostered as a group. After detox is completed, the assumption should be made that the family should be reunited, and this should happen sooner rather than later. This allows professionals to mentor the recovering parents as parents. A holistic approach might also make sure that the parents are literate to a level required to function in society, giving them a place to live, food, health care and a little money while they take their skills to the next level.

In the end, we will get functional families and the temptation to adopt out the child if setbacks occur will be greatly diminished.

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