Texas State Comptroller
“They are everybody’s children, and nobody’s children
.They are the forgotten children in the Texas foster care system.
This report gives these children a voice.”
2002 – 44 kids in DPRS care died
2003 – 30 kids in DPRS care died
2005 – 48 kids in DPRS care died
Former Pharmaceutical Rep talks about overmedication in foster care.
Many foster children have psychological problems and are being treated with an array of medications to manage their symptoms.
**EVEN FUNDAMENTALLY NORMAL CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES CAN BECOME AGGRESSIVE AND “EMOTIONALLY REACTIVE” DUE TO A LOST SENSE OF TRUST**
Their conditions are only worsened by multiple placements and frequent caseworker turnover. Government misuses anti-psychotics on our foster children in the system
The Supreme Court has clearly established that to constitute a compelling interest, state interference with a parent’s right to raise his or her child must be for the purpose of protecting the child’s health or welfare.Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205, 230 (1972)
In addition to recognizing as a fundamental
liberty interest the right of parents to raise their children, the Supreme Court has also established that the Constitution’s guarantee to fundamental privacy rights also embodies a fundamental right to parental autonomy in child rearing.
The Court acknowledged a “private realm of family life which the state cannot
enter.” Prince v. Massachusetts, 3210 U.S. 158, 166 (1944); Moore v. City of East Cleveland, 431-U.S. 494 (1977)
Without doubt, it denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and generally to enjoy those privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 399 (1923).