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  •  Outstanding diary, thank you. (17+ / 0-)

    One of the "catch 22s" of the process is that as soon as a kid shows any improvement, he gets "stepped down" to a lower level of care, thereby saving a few precious dollars.

    I once heard a case where an abandoned child placed in a group home had gotten scholarshipped to a Catholic Girls' school which turned out to be a very good fit for her. As a rising senior she had straight "A"s and her eye on college, and the nuns were scouting scholarship funds for her. She was rewarded by a notice that, because she was doing so well, she'd be "stepped down" from the group home to traditional foster care, which would require taking her out of that school.

    I seem to have misplaced that file somewhere, as I could not get a decision to move her out of the home completed before she graduated.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Mon Jul 05, 2010 at 04:47:08 AM PDT

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