State lawmakers say too many children in the child welfare system are disappearing for weeks at a time without anyone looking for them. They also say most of the children rescued from sex trafficking are in the foster system.
Right now lawmakers say there are 57 children missing from Colorado’s child welfare system. Nobody knows where they are and too often there is little effort to find them, according to lawmakers. They say Colorado’s most vulnerable children deserve better.
A child sex trafficking sting during the National Western Stock Show last week was just the latest example of what state lawmakers call a disturbing trend — a foster care to prostitution pipeline.
Sixty percent of children rescued from sex trafficking have at one time have been in the custody of a welfare agency or foster home, according to lawmakers.
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After a tough start and many foster placements, seven-year-old Thomas is now thriving. He’s happy at home, he’s got good friends, and he’s loving grade 1 at his local school.
There’s just one big problem. Thomas could now be eligible for adoption, because recently his remaining biological parent died. But under current laws, he can’t be adopted by both of his two foster mums, who’ve given him a stable, safe and loving home as his permanent carers for five years.
Victorian laws still only let heterosexual couples adopt, and single people under special circumstances.
THE late Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” These words strike a chord with Benjamin Nockels.
“It’s safe to say in many ways, our society is quite sick,” says Nockels. His organization, the 111Project, tries to provide a little healing.
The 111Project — one church, one family, one purpose — works with the faith community to increase the number of foster families in Oklahoma. The 111Project has made a difference, but the need remains great.
Since its launch in April 2011, the 111Project has been credited by the Department of Human Services with recruiting about 850 foster and adoptive families. That’s tremendous. Unfortunately, the number of children in the DHS system stands at more than 12,000. It was at roughly 8,000 when the 111Project began.