Karen Bass: When We Put Kids In Foster Care ‘we Become The Parents’
Karen Bass: When we put kids in foster care ‘we become the parents’
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., on Wednesday said government essentially becomes “the parents” when it puts children in foster care, and then “washes our hands of them” once they turn 18.”Any time a foster youth falls through the cracks, then the government is really responsible because when we remove children from their parents, we — meaning the government — then we become the parents, we are responsible for them,” Bass said on the House floor. “So we’re working on legislation to improve that.”
Bass had three current and former foster care youth with her for Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.