Give them all an “F,” a dunce cap, and enroll them to academic probation. That’s my verdict on the main foster/adoption players in Illinois.
Readers here know my reasons for flunking the Church. It has allowed an anti-gay mist to cloud its vision of adoption opportunities. Bishops threaten their employees with pink slips when what they should be doing is retooling their Catholic Charities social workers to develop new outreaches to prospective parents. It may well be that the Church doesn’t want to place kids in their care with same-sex couples, cohabiting couples, non-Catholic couples, or single people of any size, shape, or color.
If these alternatives are such a bane on child-rearing, let’s step up with a host of couples the Church does consider appropriate. And let the money saved from international adoption and domestic legal and surrogacy and IVF expenses fund as much of these diocesan efforts as possible. And toss in some of the anti-homosexual lobbying cash too.
Boo too on the state of Illinois. Kendall Marlowe, from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services:
We don’t want to see them leave the field, but the law has changed in Illinois and all child welfare agencies have to respect civil unions.
Fair enough. The law is the law. And the Church has no standing to take money to participate in a system it deems morally problematic. We’ll just retool for another ministry.
More from Mr Marlowe, who’s talking about shifting a few thousand foster kids to another placement:
While it may be unfortunate that we have to make this transition, we will be able to make this transition without significant disruption for these children.
Marlowe said the state should be able to place those children into new foster homes by the fall. The children would be moved to homes licensed by the 45 other private agencies with whom the state works.
Failing grade in red marker here, too.
Illinois should let the current placements come to a proper sunset. Ideally that would be adoption into a permanent home. Preferably sooner rather than later.
Foster care placements are a pre-existing condition in this matter. It’s up to the state, in the best interests of the children, to make this work legally and to the satisfaction of all concerned. Especially the kids. It stands yet to be proved that either the Church’s or the state’s stance here is of more benefit to kids. But we know multiple foster placements are harmful. If the failing students in this classroom of life don’t realize this, better for all concerned they just absent themselves from involvement with kids without parents, admit they don’t have their s*** together, and find another line of work.