Children in danger

 

From the information presented in the April 23 article Plan adds $47M for child welfare I conclude, with alarm, that the bills under consideration would keep the children, as they are now, living in danger. I’m afraid that Senate President Don Gaetz and others involved in these bills don’t get it. This isn’t a question of simply taking a step in the right direction or of improving a situation, but of finding a solution to an ongoing tragedy.

In truth, the core of this crisis revolves around what is a faulty goal — family reunification. In order to achieve this objective we have sent hundreds of children to their deaths. Our basic priority shouldn’t be the reunion of the family, but the happiness of the child. It is hard to accept, but we need to come to terms with the fact that, often, parents don’t change enough to guarantee a healthy environment for their children. All the money should be in place to accomplish the true goal, the happiest possible situation for the child, which often is not going back to the parents.

Felipe Fernandez, Miami

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