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Seven -- thank you brought it up watching thank you very much nice to see him you know being.
An eighth grade on a field trip I think that was it senate eager to.
I am a little bit of that she's been -- -- -- aren't that had a chance is reeling in this is really are underpaid in that instance so what are you I'm here because -- Really believe -- wants to care reforms and this Bill Clinton the senator has.
But a slower hopeful approvals is -- really instrumental in getting people to understand what's going on with what -- in the country and what's a great way we can help them right.
It's about -- it.
It used to be and this may still -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Is that if you -- child and the child loves Pamela writes scouts really works well with kids that spam spam ninth and -- -- -- analog equipment is that the Foster parents could not that the children is that still could not -- could not.
If the if the child does not have that CPR which -- termination of parental rights.
So often times what the judges decide is that reunification would be in the best interest of the family and the child so the parents get a very long time.
-- to get their act together and they'll go in this -- to take parenting courses and they'll go to the family court judge in mostly missed it this month -- okay we'll give you an extension of the -- now at the kids in their late teens and it's hard to Italy team adopted.
So it depends on the parents rights but it's not just automatic impediments that -- Alec and never I don't know.
Did you and I -- -- but it's changes and now there's Danny Foster parents that are adopting children and happily they are coming in as Foster children adopt it would like to see that increased but what Rosie is saying is that children are staying too long and Foster care and there's actually a long -- past several years ago safe and stable families that says you're only supposed to be in the system eighteen months.
Well she knows and I'm now and we had young people with us today that have been in the systems for ten years ago fourteen years I think we nice if there is a Foster -- is doing really well it's I would remove them.
It's what you mean that -- lost it.
The goal is reunification of family court judge decides that's -- goal is reunification and the parents do.
What the judge has required to alcoholism classes are parenting classes -- anger management classes.
Then they off and remove the child from the hospitals and reunite them with their families.
Often after that there once again placed back in the plus sometimes not with the -- now it's it's that would.
It did well -- -- -- -- it and that happens playoffs.
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It of this accident is that.
It's a child and -- -- -- -- -- you know that's easy it is its -- If you are seventy.
An 88 era here on your -- well that's a big issue last -- passed a bill I'm happy to say that helps ease the transition out of the Foster care systems independent living regretted not nearly half and going back to what we should be about his residence as beautifully as.
Governments don't do a good job of raising children.
Parents and parents raise children results raise children responsible adults and we need to figure out away when it's clear.
Testing birth parents either are unwilling so I'm able to raise children that they -- then removed from that -- wins.
-- as quickly as possible wanted to do you know certainly legal right circumstances and placed the family that will raise them and veterans.
Foster care was never meant to be a permanent option -- with children today isn't that -- snags from -- -- -- -- I want is a lot of product I didn't even really want to go back to my mother who has a schizophrenic.
All she did she couldn't raise the issue was and unable to -- kept begging to these another point so pleased to listen to the Foster children we have to -- -- in America we can do a better job with -- because I'm more children as -- as honest I have done.
Or we can at least you know get kids into Foster care situation has nurturing and that's one of the things that censorship -- there was at least give them an academic mentor and -- to help them to go to college some of them are taking away.
Despite just tremendous odds -- -- ads against.
You talk -- -- parents yes and our -- to the same engine department horses in the immediate big connection today.
The other countless -- it.
It that South Asian -- -- cares -- Sydney it would.
Linger in the system so much at least here in the backlog was so incredible that even -- at once you know -- -- that minded that nothing that it wasn't moving.
Well set up to care for us and now this system is full of orphans living people's.
So we don't know really how to deal with that in this country to happen you can and plus there -- a 141000.
-- -- towns.
There are 100000.
Children in America free adoption today it's waiting waiting for homes.
And most of those kids -- out of the system without ever having him so try to get to college with no place to go at Thanksgiving when they close the dorms with no one to help you.
You know with the books -- what -- to take no money you know I don't think you're exactly and -- -- beautiful young woman today.
Telling us that you know it's like it tears and she got married six months balance and there was no one man on her side.
And get -- -- 87.
Isn't that they're not so much better off -- the greatest moment I started stats statistics are eight out of ten of kids who are aging out of the system 125000.
A year 80% of them end -- dead.
Homeless -- in jail.
-- -- -- Thing is there's really nothing wrong with these children -- was something terribly wrong with the family to which they were born into.
These children were not damaged goods when -- came in the world and amazingly even -- terrible circumstances.
As Rosie can attest to and our own life.
They're not damaged that they can be extremely successful these -- come here they have four point oh averages.
Kids that slept three years of their life in -- car.
One child Tommy -- -- are really that hundredths I put salt on tape that was that in house needed a little more that's -- realized.
These kids on me in children and we have a system that thinks about them is damaged -- and -- good and getting back to your point products.
Yes it's easier for children to adopt infants I didn't think you would get younger children.
But believe me there aren't many people in America that are open to adoption teenagers even young adults and has not -- -- he's too old things that parents.
I'm 53 I've talked to my father at least twice a we think.
You know he's almost stating I mean I'm so -- yes still have my parents a lot of literally speak to him he's so all the times so Wendy -- -- not need.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Society -- touchdown to go back to a safe place to land but mostly children have that experience.
Familial -- -- their own home that was violence that was transaction.
Place often in -- -- -- that was not capable.
-- not given the needs you know that's a lot of parents are often not -- and that's assuming they don't have therapy to help with.
You know whatever issues it's -- -- Because and yet seven years ago to deal with war war so what's your -- -- coming I think.
Set it as well let me think that we're talking about doing is making huge sort of lobby you know everybody who has a lobby in Washington has something that they're gaining.
Materially you know and -- when I was talking about gun control -- the governments billions of dollars a year financially and have a lobby against -- but -- in the country's things you know -- -- for abandoning children who dares to.
So there's this is a wonderful way to get all the thinking -- in the senators and members of congress together practicing how can we restructure this from the ground up there -- billions of dollars allocated every year to -- yes it's just not spent on a system that works well -- a lot of holes in the pocket and as opposed to patch the holes maybe we'll make in the bucket.
Sudan is -- ideas and reorganize its.
Well first thing -- mentoring program I think is fantastic way to start I was excited CPR termination of parental rights and it's it's vital.
There's egregious -- which is very test it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I mean sometimes and I agree it has to be on it but that's that's when they're a 100000 kids waving an American -- -- -- Germany aren't the parents get them up that's -- -- Apparently I was getting often don't because -- in crisis.
-- Let me Foster kids.
Usually different path and next thing I want to get themselves together and want acting and even more tragically so it ought to act and losing their own children -- Raise them so we have to assessment sampling and I think one way to do it is an egregious circumstances.
That but it.
Very basic thought comes -- family had told us it's very different says -- hold her -- but I'm from a family of nine children.
If something happens to name in north from the happens news soon don't -- -- loss.
Talk to my mother when we were being raised my hand would take online at -- I -- that the adoption system should work similar to that way if there's some -- unable or unwilling even when you start right there right.
We want to place children with responsible relatives first that would make friends.
Who extended family could raise these children but it does no want to extend -- tally to raise children and to promote adoption.
Did you wouldn't leave a child in the care of apparent sender is in some instances it's panel house if you -- -- -- -- -- treatment but if they little.
The children's themselves we'll tell us to meet somebody that'll keep -- safe.
And an addiction plays its content is -- But it's just -- There's actually.
Gets bigger as -- Yeah does that mean it's it wants it that means it -- -- -- that's actually make it all I have no place else.
In the -- and struck it.
-- -- Early -- and they don't have addresses to get a job.
To -- out an address them home and let you know and a lot of states have moved to ten to 21 instead of maintained its name it's they would prosecutors telling -- -- New York I -- that streets I'm not sure it.
Washington only have a transition program out eighteen in about an independent living in the government continues to try to subsidize your -- but at some point you have to go -- just like children were raising -- to be independent at this point we post.
They will be ready to be independent but you think about what these Foster children have been through and there are solutions what Rosie said.
It's fixing the science building in your -- -- censorship program you know it's it could be on the finance costs a little bit of money but I promise it is much cheaper than spending 40000 dollars and 50000 all the years.
Residents -- you know providing a mention an interesting thing about this particular snow which -- -- had lots mention.
Is that it actually recruits college -- mentors.
Academic -- you know not to Foster academic -- Foster children.
And then it reduces the student loan of this I -- -- -- I found it.
But the wonderful thing about it is one of the Foster financial incentive it is and you know us and that's when I get to college I'm -- -- -- my student loans reduced -- want to -- to Foster care.
So it's helping every one is helping us yeah -- -- Good obstacle to the system to help mentor.
And academics to Foster child but it's also communicate the value of sermons.
And reaching out to others that we've -- to.
-- to us.
I was a kid who needed someone to stand up and makes them and my design -- a lot of abuse Thompson's luckily and that teacher wants a general public school teacher who was.
Math teacher I was Buchanan you know I -- run away from this violence she asked to have the -- study hall assists -- east area.
And I wouldn't Toffler I looked down at the desk -- You know what she did not give up and she taught me that the latest -- to love them back to life hands on wanted to sign yet keep accurate.
Yes that's and the godmother to children's and she died four years ago breast cancer my second mother saying disease.
But her her eldest daughter -- just had a baby -- and act like -- and you know you know I sat in the front -- with the rest of them in it you know she welcomed him into at the age thirteen I have no idea Washington -- like she was essentially my -- -- you know from the time I was -- -- -- -- And I was really lucky but I know the value of one on one and you can't do it by running attack.
You have to do it looking in the face of a child and these remember the child you are -- -- yes.
Actually it was like yeah and had a lot of effect on plastic and because -- that -- America based on the novel written by a woman whose Foster care advocate but.
It's very realistic and it really shows people what had took me years to get made because a lot of believes it is going on and on that these want to see that's a little depressing and it's realistic and it's.
You know like most Americans I didn't know -- -- care until ten years ago when -- went into.
Group home and I -- a toddler beds and all the kids are sexually abused and I was like this is like in the next lap -- on plus found.
Well these are all over the country's residential homes and now so began my education and I became -- -- -- -- starting with Austrians and you know it's it's caused that doesn't get enough attention and it really really needs.
You -- back here's.
Without a doubt.
Sending it stick to this would it be activists felt absolutely evident whether it's a couple is -- I found the greatest -- -- -- and -- ever -- and -- she's terrific today everywhere she again as she draws crowds this is -- earnings but she brings not just in the past half siblings art.
This issue and she brings a tremendous Wallace about the system itself and she committed to listening to these young kids believe.
In the hands knowing -- country can do a better job ends.
-- busy innocent -- the -- and I don't show I saw this of people like that.
You're currently you know when you -- -- for a long time -- after 9 months but I -- my conscience that was six years.
-- sort of -- that them.
Getting to deal with those babies getting married you know it's a birthday cake today -- cameraman spirits -- those things you miss the dealing with people.
-- -- now my kids at school and I have to tell you it's.
Nice to see it's always nice to see you and deaths and about what -- said that Capitol Hill making it very.
-- think it was is there.
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