"DHS is so broken!"
Children in Foster Care don’t have a choice to be placed into this broken system. They have done nothing to be placed in to care. Foster Care is not where you go to "drop off unwanted kids". Foster Care is not where you place unintended babies up for adoption. Foster Care is not a punishment for troubled teens. Foster care relies only on the actions of children's care takers and situations beyond the children's control.
Why then do I have a choice not to be a part of this broken system? Why am I so privileged that I do not have to be bothered by the brokenness? Why do I hold my freedom of security and predictability more precious than the safety and care of innocent children?
This dear friends was the final nail in the coffin. When I reached this paradigm shift I had to be a part of the the solution.
DHS and Foster Care will never be "fixed" by good people standing on the sidelines making comments on the internet. This "broken system" will only be fixed by flooding it with good people and safe homes to give case workers too many options for children coming into care. It will only be fixed by passionate people who will speak up and advocate for the children and the system they are a part of. It will only be fixed by people who are convicted and work closely with legislators and DHS themselves on the ever shrinking budget and over worked staff.
Yes. DHS may be broken. I may be very frustrated with it at times. But let me tell you. It would not change or improve if I threw in the towel. It would only make it that much harder to have safe, loving, and stable environments for these children who are flung into uncertainty every day.