Lottie didn’t have a typical childhood. Growing up with her dad who lived with a medical condition that left him physically challenged meant that Lottie had to carry more of the caregiving duties because he wasn’t able. Everything in Lottie's life took a backseat to her dad's condition and needs, including school and her own social development. Eventually her dad’s condition worsened and he was moved into a full-time care facility. Without any family, Lottie was placed into foster care at the age of 14.
Tag: Juvenile justice system
Every day it seems, the clinical staff at the Family Care Network are exercising their most imaginative and creative thinking in an effort to figure out what to do with youth referred for placement whose behaviors are so extreme that no one wants them. How would you like to take into your home a young lady who was removed from the “highest level of care and treatment” group home for assaulting staff and other foster youth? Or a youth addicted to heroin and other substances, who refuses help, and who can become assaultive and continually runs away to get high?
I have spent the better part of 50 years working in a child welfare and juvenile justice system designed to intervene with youth who have “gone over the falls” and crashed into the rocks below. For decades, our children’s system of care has consumed millions of dollars reacting to child abuse, adverse childhood experiences, delinquent behavior, et cetera, instead of proactively working to stop children and youth from entering the child welfare/juvenile justice system in the first place.