When a single mother turned to Michigan social services for help, a series of events were set in motion that would eventually lead to the death of her son. Social services allegedly coerced the mother into placing her son in foster care. However, when her son began to deteriorate, she complained that her son was not getting enough food and she wanted to bring the boy home. Social services then turned on her, terminating her right to visit her son in foster care. While the mother was doing everything she could to get her son back, she received a phone call notifying her that her son was dead. Although the foster care facility had received around $12,000 each month to care for the little boy, he had starved to death.
Johnny’s mother, Elena Andron, dedicated her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound son. All she wanted was a little help.
The state’s answer was to put him in a foster care facility. One year later, Johnny starved to death.
* * *The state is quick to take kids from parents and put them in foster care, especially poor parents. The state makes it very hard to get them back. Experts say the state has a financial incentive to keep kids away from their families. * * *According to the state’s own figures, the federal government gave Michigan about $110 million last year for foster care. That’s compared to the $26 million in programs that help parents keep their kids. Foster facilities also have an incentive to keep kids away from their parents. In Andron’s case, the foster home got about $12,000 a month from the state for Johnny.
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