You leave out the fact that they push a lot of these kids into adoptive families in an effort to fluff the numbers, increase the revenues from the feds to the states, seal the records and hide all of the FRAUD that got the kids there in the first place.
Adoption is promoted in the media like a fairy tale where they all live happily ever after, so potential adoptive parents are preached the wrong message, they are also lied to by the workers, made false promises of aid in the future and whatever else it takes to get them to bite. There have even been cases where they have overlooked potential dangers to the children just to get them adopted out and call it a happy ending, just to make it all appear to be good.
Now, I realize that you won't publish this comment, so it will go on LK, but I honestly believe that deep down you are a good person who means well. Please start telling the truth to your readers. They deserve to hear it..
So here is the thing, this is my blog. I tell my truth here. I would never suggest that my truth is the only truth out there. In fact, I know for certain that their are many truths out in the world that are nothing like mine. But I can only tell my truth. That is what this why I write this blog.
In my experience, social workers do not push children toward adoption in order to "fluff numbers", "increase revenue" or "hide fraud". When I first started getting comments that suggested such things I was appalled and bewildered. So, I did a little research to reassure myself that I wasn't completely crazy. Turns out, I practice Child Welfare in a state where agencies do not get federal incentives for moving cases towards adoption (or guardianship). We do get incentives when a child achieves permanency - that includes a child being adopted, achieving guardianship, becoming independent, or returning home to their family. Let me clarify even further - the social workers in my state don't get any bonus when any of these things happen - it is just part of our job. Therefor, social workers don't care where the child goes - we just want kids out of the system. That is my truth.
Are there other truths out there? Are there states or counties or agencies or social workers that DO profit financially for moving children towards adoption? It definitely seems like that is a possibility. Other people have reported that it is happening. I haven't heard it "direct from the horse's mouth" - from another social worker - but that doesn't mean I can't conceive of it happening. The system sucks - I've made that loud and clear on this blog.
There are certainly other reasons that social workers push kids towards adoption in my state - ones that have nothing to do with financial incentives or "good numbers". I know that some kids get pushed towards adoption because of pressure from the court, because the kid is reaching an "unadoptable" age, because the home is "better than nothing", because the social worker's caseload is high and demanding or because the foster parents are annoying the caseworker. None of these are good reasons to push adoption. They don't assure that the child is stable or that the placement will not disrupt - in fact, it is adoptions like these that probably contribute to disruptions later in the child's life. I have no problem blogging about these truths. Because I've seen it happen and I think it is a serious problem in foster care today.
But I won't blog about things that I don't know to be true. I won't write that the reason bad things happen to kids in foster care is because social workers don't care and they are just pushing for a bigger paycheck. I will write about the things that I see that do cause children to get hurt - poor programming, high caseloads, inadequate education and training, lack of funding, lack of services, cover your ass reactions by investigators, laziness, burnout, lackluster supervision, etc - I could go on for days. I believe that talking about these truths is the only way to work towards changing the system.
But, I will only write MY TRUTH.