Help Keep Foster Kids SAFE!
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If you or anyone you know is thinking about becoming a foster parent in Clark County, Nevada ... read and sign this petition first! In August 2017, I became a foster parent. I opened my heart and home to a 9 month old baby boy, who I treated as my own child. During the time this child was in my home, I had to fight with DFS about multiple safety issues. I went to bat for this child on multiple occasions. In May 2018, this child was reunified with his birth parents, even though there were multiple signs of abuse and neglect during visitation, as well as a 25 year history of drug abuse. The foster care system in Clark County, Nevada is broken. I created this petition so no other child has to endure what our baby will have to endure.
As of May 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada is home to 3022 foster children. Many of these children will be reunified to unsafe conditions.
In 2013, Nevada adopted a policy called SIPS (Safety Intervention and Permanency System). This policy was put into effect in 2016. SIPS allows foster children to be removed from safe foster homes and returned to dangerous situations! Many of these children are healthy, happy, and thriving in their foster homes, but will be returned to situations where they could be exposed to drugs, alcohol, and abuse.
"...There are multiple hoops that one must jump through in order to become a foster parent. For instance, pet food must be kept away from where a child's meals are prepared. Cabinets must be locked. The presence of water in a home – even a birdbath – requires a foster parent be certified in CPR. The anonymous foster parent wonders why she is held to those standards when biological parents can get away with abusing drugs." [ABC News, 2016]
Please read this article for more information: New Foster Child Policy Pits Risk Against Reward
This petition was created so that birth families would be held to the same standards as foster families. We would like the SIPS policy to be repealed! PLEASE sign this petition if you believe foster children have the right to be in a healthy, safe home. Birth families should not be allowed to continue to do drugs or participate in unsafe behavior while the child is in their home.
If we can get enough signatures on this petition, we might be able to get Clark County Family Services to change their policy.
PLEASE share this petition with as many people as possible so we can give these foster children a fighting chance.
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