Letter: A new, old approach

A new, old approach

Editor of the Reformer:

In response to a recent article ("Foster care system stressed by opioid crisis," April 18) on the lack of foster parents and homes in the area, perhaps we should consider a new, old approach. Wouldn't it be reasonable to have larger, centralized homes for the children instead of scrambling to find individual homes for them in the community? The concerns addressed in the article seem as though they could be resolved if a number of children lived together under one roof. Not only would such an arrangement allow for siblings to remain together, they would be living with consistent care givers, qualified and knowledgable about any steps that might need to be taken to address particular needs as they arise. The children would not be bounced from one "home" to another. There would be a much greater opportunity for over site instead of having case workers manage numerous living situations. Monitoring the environment in which the children are living would be much easier. There could be more consistency in care, things as basic as are kids getting a healthy, balanced diet? Do they have areas for outdoor play? Do they have places for quiet times? But mostly, removing the instability of numerous placements and care givers. Consistent, caring people is what these children need most at such a difficult time in their lives. Creating such a safe, secure place for them is an essential element in their care and well being.

Kathy Thatcher, Chesterfield, N.H., April 20


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