wow, SS you and your family are great poeple for the care you give to the babes of this generation Tup:Snoqualmiesteel said:That's crazy.
Over here, we have our own problems with our state run agencies. But I've never heard snatching up kids for adoption. Here the process is long and drawn out. The parents get more than enough warning and time to get their act together. And you still have other relatives and such that may be able to take the kids.
We are actually right in the middle of 2 quite different scenarios. Luckily we are in Snohomish Co - I've heard of too many horror stories from both the kids and foster parents in dealing with King County... Anyway, in one situation, we are fostering twin baby african-american girls. We plan to adopt them and don't see anything that would prevent that from happening. In the other case, the 6yr old girl who is with us is likely to go live with her dad in a few months. But if that doesn't work out, we'd be happy to adopt her too. She get's along great with my 3 boys and loves the twin girls.
In both cases there is no way they will go back to their mothers. The mother of the twins is a drug adict (crack head) and prostitute. The girls were born in a hotel room and nearly died. Luckily a friend of the mom's convinced her to take the girls to the ER. CPS had been looking for her, and go the call when she showed up the ER. She had tested postive for drugs a month before (nearly 8 months pregnant and doing hard core drugs!).
They gave her lots of chances to get them back. She never did a single thing. Didn't show up to court dates or anything.
In the other case, the girl's mom is a meth head and pot head, and apparently a 'craigslist escort'... It's amazing the girl is as sweet as she is. The horror stories she can tell... But her dad who lives in Vegas just has to prove that he no longer does drugs and some other things. He'll probably be able to get her unless he has a bad record or other serious concerns.
Anway, we've been pretty impressed with the state workers we've been dealing with. A few not so shining moments, but overall, pretty good.
Just keep in mind that for every case you hear about where the foster parents abused the kids and \ or just were in it for money or whatever - there are hundreds more families like mine that really care and hope to make a difference. It's too bad the system is so screwed up in a lot of ways, but there are lots of good things about it that you just aren't going to hear on the evening news...