Teaching tip: You will learn something new every day
I am now aware of a few additional sources of information – since learned – which I might have added. According to a 2010 report from Every Child Matters:
A 2011 story in the Houston Press, detailing a class-action law suit on behalf of over 12,000 children in foster care placements, describes how, in my state, “foster kids are separated from siblings, bounced throughout substandard facilities across the state, and given little chance of finding a permanent home” (Malisow, 2011a, para. 4). The article continues, “These children have been ripped out of supposedly abusive or neglectful environments, only to be placed in potentially similar situations by the state. Such a foster system could not exist in a state government that sincerely cares about protecting its most vulnerable population” (Malisow, 2011b, para. 5). Although the Child Welfare League recommends that a caseworker for the Department of Family and Protective Services keep a caseload of less than 18 children, the 2010 average caseload in my state was 29 (Malisow, 2011b).
In 2007, I had not yet encountered these statistics. I knew things were bad, but all I could imagine was trying to resolve the situation at hand. Instead of citing numbers, I wrote the final paragraphs from the breaking heart of a teacher anguishing over leaving her student behind.