Protect foster kids

 

I recently completed 57 months as a house parent in a residential-care home for foster children in Key West.

Comforting little kids crying themselves to sleep, asking for their mommas, is emotionally wrenching, but part of the job.

However, case managers often made it worse, such as the time one placed a 4-year-old boy in the same bedroom as an unrelated 16-year-old boy. Unfortunately, no Florida legislation exists to protect little kids from such an inappropriate age placement while in protective custody. Who will protect these already vulnerable kids from the living conditions in such shelters?

Mike Sawyer, Denver, Colo.

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