This is a major issue in the U.S and has been for a while.
The reason why this touches close to home for me is that I had two dance students who unfortunately had to go through this for much of their infancy.
Luckily, and not, an amazing family took them in and they now live with them since the ages of 7 and 9. Although, before these sisters were able to be united with their new family, the. went through an unpredictable and horrible experience, something that no child should ever face. When their mother had these girls, she decided not to care for them and had them taken away by CPS (Child Protective Services). The main person who reported her was her sister, who loved these girls so much, and thought that once this happened, she would be able to become the girls' guardian and raise them. But this was not the case at all.
Once taken away, the girls went to live in a foster home with a lady who also cared for 5 other girls! She took them in, and yes, gave them a roof but could care less about them. The girls were just another burden for this lady who was obviously doing it for a check. They went through four homes, and their aunt watched them suffer through it all.
She explained to me that she always doubted herself on whether she had made the right choice about reporting her sister because the girls did not look like they were doing any better.
The rest is history and they were able to find their family. They now go to school and do many activities, which includes dancing in my dance classes, where they have a tremendous passion. Their aunt is able to be with them as much as she and the girls want, which is great, but at the expense of what?
Obviously, the girls were not in a safe home, but did they have to go through all of that just to have the possibility of a new home?