Foster Kids Only Allowed to Get Clothing From Thrift Stores? A Poor Mom's Reaction - Page 2
When children are put into foster homes, their lives are completely overturned. Most times they are coming from homes where their parents are abusing them or abusing drugs. They are coming from low-economic households and most likely are already wearing old clothes. Why don't we ruin their self esteem even further by only allowing them to wear second-hand shoes? How about second-hand underwear?
There are many other ways to ensure that state allotted monies are being spent on clothes. How about providing gift cards to clothing stores for one?
The outrage to Senator Caswell's proposal went viral and, not surprisingly, the Senator has now amended his original proposal to include "other retailers", which means that foster care families can buy clothing for their children wherever they want.
"I actually don't care how the money is spent, I just want to make sure the money is used to buy clothes for the kids", said the Senator. Yeah, right. The Senator took my suggestion and also proposed providing foster families with gift cards specifically meant to buy clothing and shoes at retail stores.
My husband and I used to be well and had money to buy new clothes and shoes for our son. Did my child change when we lost all of our money? Does he look any different?
Rich or poor, living with their biological families or in foster care, a child is a child, and he or she deserves to be respected and live in dignity.