In response to the “disgustingly selective outrage” on the left over the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents, who’s paying attention to the plight of American children in foster care?
That’s the question put forth in an op-ed by Donna Carol Voss published recently by The Federalist.
In the piece, Voss points out that more than 400,000 children were in foster care in the United States in 2016 — each and every one was forcibly separated from a parent or parents.
“Where is the same compassion and righteous anger for foster children?” she asks.
Of course, this “righteous anger” comes from the crowd infamous for never letting a good crisis go to waste. A crowd that regularly advocates for a permanent separation for a child in its mother’s womb.
Voss, who has adopted three foster children, cited Department of Health and Human Services statistics to note that of the 437,465 children in foster care in 2016, 155,632 were under the age of five.
“Each and every one was forcibly separated from a parent or parents, but there were no television cameras there to capture the tears,” she said.
And the circumstances for these children being no less traumatic that what migrant children experience when their parents are arrested for breaking immigration laws.
Voss offers a comparison of how the children are treated:
Migrant children separated from their parents were sent to “comfy dormitories” with cable TV, multicultural crayons, and field trips. The whole world is watching how we treat them. American children separated from their parents disappear into often sketchy foster homes where even social workers can’t keep track of what’s happening to them.
Social workers in the foster care system are so overburdened with cases that they can provide only the most cursory oversight. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that in 2016, an estimated 676,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect in out-of-home care settings. Nationally, 74.8 percent of victims experienced neglect and 18.2 percent were physically abused. An estimated 1,750 children died due to child abuse or neglect. Where were their multicultural crayons?
The key difference for the left and their media allies is there are no political gains to be had in advocating on behalf of foster children, who are often in custody because of the irresponsible behavior of their parents.
But to pander for the coveted Hispanic vote in America, liberals are obsessed with ensuring that the needs of the migrant children are being met, even AFTER they are reunited with their parents.
“While American children languish and die in foster care, we’re still worried about migrant children,” Voss said. “Now that they’re detained with their parents, we worry that detention itself is too traumatizing. Inhumane, we call it. We’re so distressed at the thought of them together, safe, and fed ‘until they are full‘ that we can’t stand it. We simply must release them. Into the U.S. Right now.”
All of which suggests that winning elections is a higher priority than protecting U.S. children from abuse and neglect, which is a byproduct of many foster homes.
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