This is a long post but please take time to read to the end.
In the province of Alberta 145 children have died while in the care of the government over the last 14 years. Only 56 deaths were revealed in annual government reports. A further 287 died in the care of their parents while being monitored by a government agency. It took seven years of legal action, by the Edmonton Journal, to force the government to release the information. Recently another 189 deaths were admitted to by the government but they were unable to provide details as no records had been kept. How can you not know what happened to 189 dead children? Some deaths were unavoidable such as prematurity or terminal illness but this accounted for less than 20%.
In Florida Pam Graham, a social work professor at Florida State University reported 432 as the number of children who died in that state from abuse and neglect in 2012, 40% were already involved with the Department of Children and Families.
In England, a national review in 2013 revealed in its first annual report into children's social care that 20 of England's 152 local authorities – one in seven – were "inadequate", with an "unacceptably poor" standard of child protection. Only one in four local authorities was good at safeguarding children, the report found.
Here is the point I want to make. These agencies and departments and political offices are all funded by our tax dollars to act on our behalf. I realize I made a mistake when I handed over my taxes, I didn't make it clear that I expect the government to provide services that MEET MY STANDARDS. Yes, I'm shouting, because every child is my child in one way or another. Morally we all have a collective responsibility for the well being of the next generation. Many of us, like me, take our responsibilities more personally. I figure if we know what it is to love a child then we should let no child go unloved.
I'm asking you to do the research in your location. Contact your public servants and political representatives at all levels of government. Ask questions. If you don't like the answers make it clear you expect more. I will be writing letters requesting services carried out in my name meet my standards. Isn't that something we should all be able to rely on, especially our children?