It’s impossible to ignore the sad reality. When adults are accused of illegal behavior, the government policy is to separate children from their family until the situation is resolved. This heartbreaking practice is happening in our country right now.
But it’s not just happening by the border. It’s not just happening to immigrants. This happening right now in YOUR community. Confused?
Children are torn from their family and placed with strangers or in group homes all over our nation.. They need people who believe kids should be with their family. They need a nurturing, caring home while they wait. They need adults who recognize the emotional distress they are experiencing. These are kids in foster care who desperately need a safe place to land during the one of the hardest times of their life.
Don’t get me wrong. We should be outraged by what’s happening in the south. As I think about what’s happening and try to separate fact from fiction, it makes me sick to my stomach. It’s wrong on so many levels. We should speak out when children are mistreated. We shouldn’t forget to treat one another with dignity and respect. We should collaborate with a government that struggles so desperately to provide basic needs and safety.
But it’s important to remember that OUR government can only operate if citizens participate. Participation requires more than a post on social media. Without citizen participation, there is no moral compass.
It’s misguided to assume complaining about the problem creates solutions. It may feel good to get something off your chest, but it does nothing to solve the crisis.
Thoughtful action solves problems. Love, much like faith, requires action. Write letters. Raise funds. Seek solutions to systemic problems. You may not be able to help the refugee children. But you can do something.
If it breaks your heart to see the government rip families apart, I dare you to be a foster parent.
As television and internet rage about pain and suffering along the border, be one of those who are quietly caring for heartbroken children who are suffering. You have the power to help reunify families. Get involved in foster care.
“Foster care is the planned, time-limited placement of a minor with a licensed foster family, when the needed care cannot be provided in the child’s own family or by appropriate relatives.”
Foster parents do the hard work of caring for kids in crisis. Their experience is not all that different than what we see happening with immigrant kids on the border. It’s not for everyone, but it might be right for you.
Why make the sacrifice? Why go through all the red tape and heartbreak? Because this is who we are as a nation. America keeps families together! By the border and in our backyard. Click here to take action.