Thursday, July 30, 2015

More Pathetic PR From The Only Scrutiny Free Department in Maine's DHHS

Here she goes being all morally superior again.
"There is nothing more important than any of us can ever do than to love a child and to help support them today to help ensure a brighter future for them tomorrow," said Mayhew.  
Maine needs more foster families  (FYI: I tried to post the video here but it didn't work.  Please click the link and watch so you know what I'm talking about.)
I swear to God if there was a fake sob story telling contest, Maine's DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew would be a shoo-in.  Especially after this little video from WCSH 6 where she continues this whiny foster parent recruitment drive that has been going on for the last few months.

And to bring in that poor sweet, clean-cut and brainwashed foster care poster-child, so full of gratitude, so happy to be in foster care, such a wonderful outcome...  
"I get to express what it's like living in a foster home and show that there is a savior. It's a great way to allow kids to actually have a life when you feel like there's nothing left," said Packard.
This is absolutely pathetic!

This is false advertising and phony public relations or deceptive marketing or whatever you want to call it.  This does a dis-service to the people of Maine by selling people who can't possibly handle a damaged kid, on a happily ever after fairy-tale.  They completely disregard the very real challenges that foster parents face with very damaged kids who come into their homes with tons of emotional baggage, physical ailments and behavior problems.  They also disregard the fact that many of these kids have loving but imperfect families who are fighting for them to this day, while the state continues to cut off the less costly services that used to help families stay together.  They disregard the fact that many of these kids are better off left alone than they are in foster care.

Interestingly enough, on July 16th of this year, (just 2 short weeks ago) WMTW 8 was doing the same thing by reporting that....
The Department of Health and Human Services said hundreds of people are taking steps to become foster parents after putting out a plea from the department's commissioner.  
 More Maine families opening homes to foster children  (2nd paragraph.  Check it out.  Unlike DHHS I never make any of this stuff up.)
The "hundreds of people who are taking steps to become foster parents" apparently aren't enough though because we need more.

The article features two wonderful gay men who opened their hearts and were raising a special needs teenager in their wonderful therapeutic foster home of happiness.  

And just a month ago, several wonderful grandparents who are raising many of these kids who the state takes away from their parents were in the news seeking more support from the state.

So we have all of these wonderful people helping out, which is great, but we have nobody asking why we suddenly have such a drastic increase in the number of foster kids in Maine.  We have nobody trying to find ways to solve that problem.  We have nobody bringing up the fact that the LePage Administration has been working tirelessly to cut off funding for services to families who need them under the guise of welfare reform.  I don't think most people even see it as a problem.  We even have the Channel 8 article claiming...
A 2012 study by the Foundation for Government Accountability found that Maine ranks in the bottom 10 states when it comes to re-unifying families,
which is obviously a major factor and a major problem that should be addressed.  Why?  Because it's what's best for these kids.  Most of them want to be with their families.  Nobody bothers to bring up the possibility that the state is taking too many kids and keeping them for longer than they should or not giving them back at all.  Often times families are desperately fighting for the return of these kids while the state pays it's lawyers to prevent reunification every step of the way and the media turns them into monsters.  It's absolutely shameful, and the pain and suffering that this agency causes for theses families and kids doesn't even begin to come into the discussion.
There is no scrutiny here.  We are simply left to assume that DHHS is on the right track while taking more and more kids from their homes at a higher and higher cost to the taxpayer without even questioning it, without questioning the struggles families are going through, without providing the services needed to keep the kids safe in the home.  
Of course, if this was a welfare program that could help to keep a kid safe in the home, like AFDC, Snap, General Assistance, a daycare subsidy or Medicaid, the LePage administration would be finding ways to cut it, streamline it, prevent drug abusers from accessing it and lower costs to the taxpayer.  But not the Department of Children and Families.  On the contrary, they were the only ones to get raises back in August of 2012 despite an across the board raise freeze for state workers in Maine that had been in place since 2009.   Governor LePage and Commissioner Mayhew felt it was important to give them a moral boost.   Also, back in April of 2012, when LePage called managers at DHHS corrupt, he obviously wasn't referring to child welfare workers.  Just everybody else at DHHS. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Maine has safe schools, but high bullying rates, website claims

I'll agree with this headline to a point.
Maine has safe schools, but high bullying rates, website claims
There are lots of bully teachers out there twisting the arms of parents to comply with the schools policies.

Monday, July 27, 2015

OUR OPINION: The Media Milks This Stuff

This morning I come across a few articles of stuff we've already been discussing but that you should read anyway.  Nothing that inspires any major rant or anything, so I'll share the links in one post.  

I realize the media has been milking these stories.  That's what they do.  It sells papers. Regardless, the more you know the smarter you'll be so read.

Let's start with the Annie E. Casey Kid Count report that just came out. gave us one of those nice opinion articles that they use to try to sway public opinion.
The constant stress of living in a poor household affects the way a child's brain develops, but that's not the only thing that sets kids back. 
More >> OUR OPINION: To break cycle of poverty, start with Maine kids
You should read it.

Moving on...

The Marcy's Diner Drama continues with the experts weighing in from across the USA.  You should learn the proper etiquette when bringing your kids out into public so that your brats don't cause a social media firestorm.  
Last week a heated online exchange between a Maine restaurant owner and a mother of a fussy child became an international news story. Marcy’s Diner owner Darla Neugebauer screamed at the almost 2 year old disrupting other diners in her restaurant, and the offended mother posted a rant about the incident on Facebook. Neugebauer fired off an expletive-laden rebuttal, and people with and without kids commented on the posts, instigating a debate over whether parents and their children belong in restaurants. 
Restaurant etiquette tips for parents dining out with kids in San Francisco
 The idiots are also weighing in on this...
What if my bad parenting choices go viral? 
More >> I Am Terrified of Taking My Child Literally Anywhere
 but we must cover all the bases.

Finally, remember that case in Westbrook where the mother was charged with child endangerment for letting her kid play at the park?   Well, she was mentioned in an article in the New York Post.
Or how about the case just last month of Nicole Jensen in Westbrook, Maine? Her 7-year-old daughter was playing for an hour in the playground down the block — you can see it from the family’s porch. But someone called 911 to report an unsupervised child, and the cops swooped in. 
More >> Give parents back their rights to let their kids walk free
I personally think that the Westbrook cops were a wee bit overzealous in that case and should probably be fired for not keeping the town safe enough for kids to play outside in.

But that's just my opinion.    

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ayla Reynolds ruled out as match for 'Baby Doe'

Massachusetts State Police have ruled out Ayla Reynolds as "Baby Doe," the little girl found dead on Deer Island in Boston Harbor.

Missing >> Ayla Reynolds ruled out as match for 'Baby Doe'

So sad...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

No more kids in public!!! America's temporary obsession with a diner owner who yelled at a toddler.

So the news feeds are full of the story about the Portland diner owner who yelled at the 21 month old child to be quiet.  Everybody and her sister has an opinion on it.  The self-righteous helicopter parents are crying emotional abuse, while the arrogant and intolerant people without any kids are pushing for the permanent ban against parents bringing their kids to public places.

Sadly, this stigmata against parents of kids who are kids at times has led to parents going to some rather drastic solutions such as drugging kids on long flights where they would surely get antsy-pantsy.  This simply to avoid the backlash and dirty looks from others who would otherwise be bothered by the outbursts of your poorly parented and out of control but very normal infants and toddlers.

I too must admit to being bothered by other peoples kids at times.  For example, there were times back during my college days when I'd be sitting in a coffee shop reading from a textbook when some very distracting kids would come in.  Then again, I've also been bothered by that overly bearing mother who sits there telling little Johnny over and over in that annoyingly patient voice not do do everything.  "Johnny stop it.  Johnny be good.  Johnny don't do that.  Johnny eat your chicken nuggets."

At least I can sympathize simply from having been in that situation with my own kids, as I'm sure any parent who has ever had to drag a 2 year old out of a department store because the kid was throwing a fit because they didn't get the toy would.

This story has gone way overboard with nothing but arrogance from both sides.  The parents defend their actions and complain about the rudeness of the owner.  The owner complains about the parents and a screaming toddler.  The mother was shocked because somebody yelled at her kid.  The owner is shocked at the parents being oblivious.  There are two sides to every story.   Be the parents in this case right or wrong, the owner of Marcy's Diner probably could have handled it better too.

What's most surprising is the mother's disbelief that somebody would do that.  Some of these parents have to learn that they're not going to protect their child from everything.  Sooner or later they they will experience what really happens in the real world outside of the protective shelter of the helicopter parents.  But by then it will be too late.  Mom will be complaining about their little one being bullied at school, but only because she raised a victim.
Making national news was the last thing we expected on our quiet summer getaway to Maine this week.
More >> I’m the mom whose encounter with an angry Maine diner owner went viral. Here’s what happened.
Yes it's also true, some parents are oblivious to their own children's imperfections and wrong doings, but after you read this, you'll probably come to the same conclusion I do.  This mother is totally milking it.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PPH suing the state to identify the schools involved in a Chicken Pox outbreak

The Maine CDC has refused to release the names, citing privacy issues, but the newspaper says information about outbreaks of infectious diseases would help the public avoid exposure. 
More >> Press Herald sues to force state to identify schools that had chickenpox outbreaks
I believe that the Propaganda Press Herald is more interested in the big juicy story than they are keeping kids safe from infectious diseases.  

I also believe that parents have a right to know that their kids are going to school with disease spreading kids of anti-vaxers.  

Not everything they do is bad you know.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Portland diner owner defends yelling at crying toddler

The owner of a Portland diner is defending her actions that have resulted in a social media firestorm. 
More >> Portland diner owner defends yelling at crying toddler
Of course the mother is milking it.
Twenty-one-month-old Keira did clam up after that, which Neugebauer considers a victory, but mom Tara Carson said her daughter had only been crying for a few minutes and her child was traumatized by Neugebauer.
“I honestly didn’t think Keira was making that much of of a fuss, so to us, it came out of nowhere. We thought she was joking… It was just too unprofessional for reality,” Carson said. “Also, after waiting so long, I was definitely going to feed my child before going anywhere.”
More >> A kid cries in a restaurant. The owner yells at her. Now what? 
I'm sure this is all just one big over-reaction, but the kid was "Traumatized?"  OMG!  Please!  

Kids Count finds more Maine children living in poverty

Here we go.

Apparently Maine isn't as good of a place to raise your kids as we thought.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count report says the number of Maine children living in poverty grew from 42,000 in 2008 to 45,000 in 2013. 
More >> Kids Count finds more Maine children living in poverty
 And what was the big issue?
The report says Maine's child poverty rate of 18 percent in 2013 was higher than before the recession, when it was 16 percent.
Which totally sucks and shows that either the states current economic policies are failing or that parents are lazy and need to get up off their duffs and get better jobs!


Residency restrictions for sex offenders offer false sense of security

Old Orchard Beach is considering placing restrictions on where sex offenders can live in the seaside, southern Maine community. While such restrictions could make residents and visitors feel safer, registries and limits on where offenders can live and work haven’t been shown to make much difference in their two-decade history. Instead, a heightened focus on treatment and rehabilitation would likely be more effective at reducing the horrific crime of sex abuse. 
More >> Residency restrictions for sex offenders offer false sense of security
If they're so dangerous then they shouldn't be let out of jail.  It's as simple as that.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

And what are we offended by today? Funtown Splashtown USA!

See how one bad apple spoils the whole bunch?  Jumping to conclusions comes in many forms and the stupid people are so quick to do it.
Officials work to clear the Saco park's name online after an alleged bullying incident by staff at the San Antonio park, which has a similar name. 
More >> Outrage meant for Texas water park misdirected at Funtown Splashtown in Maine
It's probably just that the park in Maine came up higher in an internet search, which makes them victims of circumstance.  

Oh well.  What are you gonna do?

Owner of Portland diner defends yelling at screaming child

The owner of a Portland diner is defending comments she made on her Facebook page about yelling at a 2-year-old child for crying, screaming and disrupting her customers’ dining experience. The encounter happened Saturday. 
More >> Owner of Portland diner defends yelling at screaming child
Not sure how I feel about this one.  I've eaten at Marcy's more than 100 times.  The food is great.  I've never had a problem.  I am also a parent of a very difficult child, I know what a pain in the butt kids can be at times, but I'd also want to pop anybody in the nose for yelling at her.

Then again, I've always been a bit self-conscious about my kids behavior in public because it reflects on me as a parent in the eyes of others.  That is an unfortunate consequence of living in a world full of stupid people who don't understand the struggles some parents face while automatically blaming them for their children's behaviors instead of being empathetic to the struggles of being a parent to a difficult child.

I went onto the Restaurant's Facebook page and the debate was certainly on about this, but the post on the topic has apparently been removed.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Stolen Children of Maine: Native Wabanaki Seek Truth, Reconciliation Amidst a Cultural Genocide

My great-great-grandfather was brought into Taos, a city in what is now New Mexico, as a young Navajo boy around 1860. Slavery would soon be abolished, but at the time indigenous bondage was widespread. He was purchased—a typical price would have been 100 dollars—by Don Juan Santistevan, a Spanish man whose settler family had been in the region since at least the early 1700s. Santistevan had just lost his only son, and raised the Navajo boy as part of the family.

The Stolen Children of Maine: Native Wabanaki Seek Truth, Reconciliation Amidst a Cultural Genocide

Pro-DHHS Propaganda and Misinformation via WMTW Channel 8

So I come across an article by WMTW 8 that absolutely disgusts me because it is full of misinformation and Pro-DHHS propaganda that most people wouldn't have enough of a clue to pick up on.  

The article starts with the heartwarming happily ever after tale of a gay couple who have opened their hearts and their home to a teenage boy with autism and goes on to discuss the wonderful things that DHHS is doing for the children. I urge you to read the article with your truth detectors up then come back for my analysis.
The title of the article and the link: More Maine families opening homes to foster children
The subheading: State providing more resources to families
Let's take a closer look at this article starting with the subheading.  "State providing more resources to families."  I assume that means foster families specifically and not real families.  Especially since only last month grandparents were organizing and complaining that the state wasn't helping them with the cost of raising the kids who DHHS took away from the parents and placed with them.
Guardians, often grandparents, say they could use more support from the state as they try to raise children. 
More >> Maine kinship families forming bonds, seeking support
According to the Channel 8 article though...
"If you look at the state of Maine over the past decade we have made incredible strides in the right direction," said Director of Child and Family Services Jim Martin. 
Maine is a leader when it comes to utilizing kinship families. 
In 2000, nine percent of children in state custody where in the care of a relative. As of this year, that number had increased to 35 percent.
That 35% by the way, was in thanks to the Baldacci administration.  Child Welfare progress in Maine has actually gone backwards under the current LePage administration.  As recently as 2011 Maine still had somewhat of a right to brag, specifically during the 10 year anniversary celebrations of the death of a little foster kid named Logan Marr, Maine's child welfare system was telling stories about being a national leader in helping children to avoid foster care.  This was done by helping many of the parents who came into contact with child welfare services to be better parents.  It's much less costly to provide housing assistance or counseling or food to a family than it is to pay the lawyers, private agencies, court costs, shrinks and anybody else who profits off of the wards of the state.  

In a letter to the National Coalition for Child Welfare Reform back in 2011, for example, Dean Crocker, Maine's Child Welfare Ombudsman, discusses the progress that Maine had made in terms of keeping families together over the previous decade but prior to more recent events... 
As you have noted, it is in the best interest of a child to keep him/her in the home and with the family whenever possible and safe to do so. Caseworkers now emphasize this goal as they work closely with families, ensuring they receive the supports and services necessary to keep the child safe and the family intact. Reducing the rate of children who are placed in state care or custody has been a significant achievement of our program. In December 2004, there were 2,590 Maine children in DHHS state care or custody. In December 2009, the number in care or custody dropped to 1,650. During this time period, Maine saw a 38.3 percent decrease in the rate of children in DHHS care or custody.
GUEST BLOG: Foster care in Maine: More on one state’s transformation
But remember this was all before Governor LePage and DHHS Commissioner Mayhew took over and provided us with a Child Welfare policy shift.  Now they are desperately trying to increase the number of foster homes and services available for the kids who have been taken away.  

More recently we have Governor LePage's welfare cuts.  As a result there are less resources available for families at risk of being ripped apart by DHHS and less resources available for those who have been ripped apart to reunify then there were before LePage took office.  This has led to more kids being taken by the state and DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew's request to the legislature for an additional $4.2 million dollars to cover the unexpected increase in the number of kids who have been snatched by CPS in Maine just a couple years after her and LePage took office.  

That is not the right direction.  But according to the Channel 8 article...
Mayhew said she hopes to achieve the goal of reducing the time children spend in state care with increasing immediate support and assistance for children and families. 
That is a total wishy washy crock of BS, and Commissioner Mary Mayhew damn well knows it.  This "support and assistance for children and families" would be considered to be welfare by Mayhew and LePage without consideration for the good they provide.  Welfare programs should be cut.  Therefore support for the kids families is basically on it's way out.  Even adoption subsidies have been put on the chopping block under LePage.  So no one is safe.

A recent example of these welfare programs that were or would be cut out of the budget by the LePage administration would be to drug treatment programs.  Many of these programs have been successful at helping parents to reunify with their children by helping them to clean up and keeping the parents involved in the lives of their children while they do.  It's less costly to the state in the long run to help the parents get back on their feet.  The kids ultimately and statistically end up with better outcomes then they do by being bounced through the foster care system.  Unfortunately, Gov LePage doesn't see it that way and is more interested in cutting off their TANIF checks.

"We want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to improve their outcomes. At the end of the day how do we define success on behalf of these children?" Mayhew said.
I honestly believe that she doesn't have a clue as to how to do that because at the end of the day, the money is often much better spent by providing support and services to families who need it and are considered at risk of child welfare intervention.  

The scariest thing that this article tells you though is that...
A 2012 study by the Foundation for Government Accountability found that Maine ranks in the bottom 10 states when it comes to re-unifying families, and 25th for it's foster care system as a whole.
That should tell you that none of these people have any right to brag.  They're just not trying hard enough to do what's right.  

They just should have left well enough alone.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Judiciary can establish rule against shackling kids in court

Something that could have helped some of these kids without costing the state tons of money to implement...
Lost in the rancor that marked the end of the legislative session was a modest bill that would have protected the safety of children and the dignity of our courtrooms. 
More >> Judiciary can establish rule against shackling kids in court
But no!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Auburn school official makes 'racially' motivated Facebook post

And what are the people of Maine offended by today?
A Facebook comment made by an Auburn School Committee member is being labeled as “racially” motivated. 
More >> Auburn school official makes 'racially' motivated Facebook post
Oh my God!

The news people need better things to report about.  Really.  I mean this guy is an idiot, but sending a reporter out to do a news story on an offensive Facebook Post?  I could see if it involved a student, but it didn't.  Just some jackass making a rude comment.  Come on!

Have we really sunk to this level as a society?

I'm afraid so.

Political correctness has gone way over the top these days.  The schools are full of it.  Although it is well intended, as every child should feel welcomed and safe in their school, we now live in a world where kids can be asked to turn their shirt inside out or leave because the American flag on it might offend somebody.  And in one city in Maine, they don't even call it Valentines day anymore because there are so many people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds that they could be sued for offending somebody...

Sadly, racially motivated hatred in Maine is alive and well but it's certainly not getting the attention it deserves.  I noticed it while reading the comments under articles about the asylum seekers collecting welfare in Portland.  It's downright shameful.
I wonder if any of these commenters are school officials?  Perhaps WGME 13 should look into it.

Expose them all!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Corrupt CPS/Maine The Death Little Ricky Letourneau * Deborah Wolfenden

Maine Social Workers Negligent Little Ricky Letourneau Dead In Foster Home With Deborah Wolfenden A State Of Maine Education Consultant. Did Deborah Wolfenden Get Away With Manslaughter? Education About How To Keep Your Family Safe From Dangerous Child Protection Services.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Moody’s knocks state budget for failure to fund schools

Maine’s new biennial budget underserves its cities and towns because it fails to provide adequate state funding for local K-12 education, according to a report from a major credit-rating agency. 
Moody’s knocks state budget for failure to fund schools
Oh well.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Corrupt CPS/Maine Vaccine Injury Cover UP

Social Workers: Irina Kladova and Manon LaFrance. Doctors: Edward Silco, Lawrence Ricci, Christopher Motyle All from MMC Which Has A High Rate Of Hospital Acquired Infections.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Saint Andre helps with family visitation

A new program has been instituted at Saint Andre Home’s Center for Parenting and Play that will allow parents to visit with their children at a reduced cost. 
The program is made possible by two grants – $20,000 from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and $30,000 from the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation. According to Diane Madden, director of marketing and development, the grants will be used as scholarships to help families pay for the supervised visits, which usually cost about $75 each. Using a sliding scale, some parents may be able to use the service for as little as $25 per visit. 
More >> Saint Andre helps with family visitation
I like this sound of this.  Too many parents (mostly dads) can't see their kids in Maine.  It's not always because of abuse but often because one parent is vindictive and uses the child as a weapon against the other.  Professionals and services like this can not only help teach them to be better parents but they can testify as to their observations about the visits and how much effort the parent puts into it before and after.  

It's ridiculous to me that anybody should have to pay to see their kid though.

I would also hope that they are trained on Parental Alienation.

Corrupt CPS/Maine - The Case of the Goats Milk Formula

Social Worker Christine Leighton Medical Experimenting On Baby.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Too few kids roam free today, learning about outdoor wonders

My parents should have been arrested many times. Before I was 5 years old, they allowed me to walk a mile to school, unaccompanied by an adult, right through Winthrop’s dangerous downtown. Later, I wandered all over the woods up above High Street, fishing and exploring with my buddies but no adult guides. 
More >> Too few kids roam free today, learning about outdoor wonders
I do like this article, but the author did leave out one major issue.  He said this happens in other states.  That is somewhat deceptive.  It happens in Maine too as can be demonstrated from a case in Westbrook.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Our View: Victory for vaccine foes puts Maine kids at risk

“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infections and dangerous diseases,” the governor said. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”

More >> Our View: Victory for vaccine foes puts Maine kids at risk

Improving the safety standards in Maine's camps

When it comes to summer camps, safety is the top priority for any parent. CBS 13’s Katie Sampson looks into the hiring process for camp employees in Maine and the push on a national level for higher safety standards.

More >> Improving the safety standards in Maine's camps

Friday, July 3, 2015

No more passing adopted kids around like unwanted Puppies in Maine

Attention: Forever Homes in Maine!  

Before you know it, you will no longer be able to give the kids that you adopted to other families.  It will soon be illegal.
Later this summer, Maine will become the sixth state to criminalize the transfer of adopted children from one family to another without approval from a court. 
More >> Bill to outlaw ‘rehoming’ of adopted children to become law
That means that you're stuck with them, even if DHHS did screw you out of your subsidies.

L.D. 479, An Act To Improve Childhood Vaccination Rates in Maine

L.D. 471 sought to improve vaccination rates among Maine children by requiring parents to consult with doctors before withholding vaccinations from their children for philosophical reasons. 
More >> L.D. 479, An Act To Improve Childhood Vaccination Rates in Maine
The bill passed in the legislature but was vetoed by LePage.  The legislature failed to override the veto.  Parents in Maine still have the right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their kids.

IMHO: You should vaccinate your children from preventable diseases.  I'm sure lots of parents would be rather upset with you for being stupid and irresponsible with your child's health if your kids brought a preventable disease to school and spread it around.

Not everything they do is bad you know.
FYI, California did just pass a law requiring children to be vaccinated. 

Birth parent search leads Maine man to Declaration of Independence signer

When a copy of the Declaration of Independence comes to City Hall this weekend, it’ll have new meaning to Jack Turner: His eighth-generation grandfather, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, was an original signer.

More >> Birth parent search leads Maine man to Declaration of Independence signer

OUR OPINION: Kinship families should get more state support

I love how morally superior these Our Opinion articles are, and sometimes I agree with them but...
Children from disrupted households fare well when cared for by grandparents and other relatives, but bake sales don't raise enough money to cover expenses. 
More >> OUR OPINION: Kinship families should get more state support
I agree that kinship caregivers need more support.  They are saving the state a ton of money in foster care costs.  I also think that the families who are at risk need more support so that these kinds of disruptions in a child's life can be avoided in the first place.

Of course, our Governor would just call it welfare and tell these people to get a better job.