Bonny Oaks Family,
From a distance it seems that no one truly cares anymore.
It pains me to acknowledge the following reality: The Foster Care system
in America is broken and over-burdened from Maine to California and all places
in between. Conditions in the 50 States speak to failure --- gross,
consistent failure for innocent, unsuspecting and neglected "little
Many others and I have exchanged similar views in this regard on several
occasions the past year or so. In a nutshell, "dependent children
services" is currently driven by an insatiable ego for position and power;
societal aloofness; low-budget prioritizing; and the calloused, uncaring hearts
of inexperienced, non-committed and incompetent Case Workers.
Sadly, these insensitive and inept "professional" Social Services
individuals answer directly to a middle-management group short on insight,
motivation and desire for excellence. The top Administrator is generally a
political appointee --- and one who can live lavishly on an income far above
$120,000.00 annually. Such "crony" is without academic training
for the most part and zero interest in the day-to-day living experiences of
dependent children. It's politics, plain and simple.
Isn't it totally disgusting to read and hear about Miami's Foster Child, five
year old Rilya Wilson, whose disappearance went unnoticed for more than a year?
Last night (May 24) there is more shocking news from Florida's Family and
Childrens' Services as 20/20 featured a gut-wrenching segment about five
brothers and one sister who were "forgotten". For two years
these youthful siblings were confined to an "empty back room" where
they were locked-in without access to bathroom facilities; absolutely no
bedding; and just one bowl from which to feed themselves.
A "carefully screened and trained couple" (Foster Parents) were paid a
monthly stipend for each child. With
our tax dollars, these two previously identified criminals heaped more abuse on
all six impoverished and pitiful children who continued to need and long for
love, stability, security and daily reassurance and comfort --- the
heavenly-ordained birthright of all God's children.
When we gather again for the July reunion, I suggest we pause and attend the
following in prayer:
1. Thank the Almighty for our personal experiences as residents of Bonny
Request special blessings for the truly dedicated
and capable Foster Parents across America.
Pray for the safety and nurturance of Foster
Ask for wisdom to respond effectively when other
abuse issues surface in our respective residential areas.
To do nothing more than grumble among ourselves is abhorrent and completely
unacceptable in my view.
Based on contacts with quite a significant number of you since our home was
dismantled in the '80s, we no longer have need to look back and find fault with
the ignorant and irresponsible political nit-wits who erred then.
Rather, our collective interest anymore is to spot-light factually and tenderly
all child care failure. To personalize such horror is not necessary, nor
does it add credence to this just and noble endeavor.
As appreciative recipients of a Housemother's unconditional love and support
during difficult growing and developing days, months and years, we call for a
renewed societal interest in and commitment to neglected and abused boys and
Each innocent victim is worthy and deserving. Too, they are representative
of America's uncertain future and the shameful, epidemic modern-day symptomlogy
of family deterioration and dysfunction.
Dear Bonny Oaks brothers and sisters, comparatively speaking, we lived
thus we must be more aware and more vocal regarding today's unspeakable crimes
against helpless children/youth.
PS: In Florida alone, there are 18,000 children in Foster Care. Not
counting Rilya Wilson, another 370+ are currently "lost" and
unaccounted for. This is abject madness.