Help recreate a child’s life

 

Child welfare is hard work, but for those who are called to it, child welfare is a labor of love. The issues are complex and the solutions rarely simple.

Three Other Views columns on March 8 made that point vividly clear by sending out a call for more citizen involvement in the child-welfare process. Both Foster Care Review and the Guardian ad Litem program are reliable and relentless participants, and both truly make a difference in children’s lives every day.

The article written by a 17-year-old Florida child in foster care perhaps captures it best when she writes: “Foster care is not an issue that can be solved by one person. It takes many. In order to provide love and promise in a child’s life it is important that the people who can, step up and take a walk alongside a child in foster care. It is important that you invest and really give your all to support every child. It is not the system that recreates a child’s life, but the people working within it.”

Salient words from someone who, sadly, is an expert in the field.

Esther Jacobo, interim secretary, Florida Department of Children & Families, Tallahassee

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