I am R. Garth Retallick, MS, LHMC, the founder of the Retallick Foundation and have worked in the mental health field for 15 yrs. During that time I worked with multiple foster placement agenicies and saw first hand the problems faced by foster children. Warehousing instead of homes, being left to figure things out for themselves instead of counseling, multiple moves without ryhme or reason.
When a child is removed from their home, whether the reason is just or not, they are traumatized. Each time they are moved they lose educational experience, friends, any feeling of stability, any feeling of peace. In most foster or group homes the children are placed in situations with no counseling, no emotional support. In some they are required to stay in their rooms or get locked out until the foster parents return. In many cases these kids are moved 3, 4, 5 times a year.
In life you have two choices. One, whine, complain, talk about how the governement should do more then sit back and do nothing. Two. Get up and change what you can, try, work, do.
Our goal is to establish Group homes for foster children that will be staffed by full time mental health clinicians who have the training and experience to provide needed counseling and stability. Our goal is to change the lives of foster kids who are in these situations through no fault of their own.
Now it's your turn. Do. Help us help them. Remember, Change one life and you change generations.