Tuesday, April 15, 2003
It's early... too early.
On a un-related note, there's some folks out there who are really bad at taking care of kids. I mean completely, utterly, and totally HORRIBLE. During my usual newspaper browsing, I came across this article in the NY Times about some of the failures of state-run child welfare. Some direct quotes from the article:
...a child was unwittingly given to a foster mother who had years before been barred by the agency from caring for any more children; that child was later beaten so badly with a shoe that imprints of the laces were found on her body.
In the case of Brian Clark, a 3-year-old, H.I.V.-positive child, he was never taken to the doctor by a foster mother who had been known by the agency to be a problem. He slowly, over days, died of pneumonia... The foster mother had been cited once before by the agency for a "failure to nurture" the vulnerable children in her care.
Pretty sad stuff. By a sobering read for us who have been blessed to have good parents; there are those out there who are not as fortunate and require help. I'm reminded of this verse:
"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
James 1:27 NASB
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