I spent yesterday in court. On the drive home, I spent some time thinking about all the different experiences that I've had with the child welfare system.
I have now been involved on all sides of child welfare
cases. I've been that foster parent, worried about what the court will
decide & how to help a fragile child cope with the fallout. I've
assisted with representing the best
interest of the child to the court as the GAL. And, now, I have helped
to represent parents who's children are in the system. Overall, my basic
assessment is still this: the whole thing sux. No matter what happens
in the end, it's all just an attempt to make the best out of a lot of
bad. Even when things "work out" there's still a child who's been hurt.