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Tag: foster care


DRUGS: Testing should start small, with foster care applicants

Re: “Welfare recipients may face drug testing” (TNT, 2-14).

I am dismayed some of our leaders in Olympia are presenting bills to test welfare recipients for drugs. This is a complex issue both legally and financially.

Perhaps a more logical place to start drug testing would be the initial foster care applicants. DSHS foster care licensing does not test new applicants for drugs. First and foremost, foster care children deserve to be protected as much as possible. The cost of drug testing initial foster care applicants would be low. The number of foster care abuse court settlements paid out

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CHILDREN: Foster care system needs more funding

I believe that the foster care system should be getting more funding. These last few years it has been losing money until it became a shell of what it once was. Children in our foster care systems are not getting the care they need. The system has to cut corners, and they can’t take care of the number of children that need it. That number is growing. Children in the system are getting hurt because of the lack of funding.

One example is the homes that the children live in aren’t properly assessed as often or as well as they

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