reply to post by peggy m
I did some more checking about the rules governing housing for a pending adoption. In this case, I contacted (indirectly) 33 state social workers in
charge of foster children welfare and they are saying the exact same thing. Heads are going to roll!
Your friend must show that she can provide a stable and financially secure environment...PERIOD! If your friend is seriously down on her luck, she no
longer qualifies for foster placement and the agency official in charge of her case is in some serious trouble for slacking off on the job.
A child pending adoption or a child in foster care must have a room separate from the parents...PERIOD! Those are the rules and that is all there is
The social welfare housing program does not make special considerations when you apply as a single mother living with a man. Regardless of your
friend's boyfriend's religious beliefs, the welfare program is going to treat the couple living together as a couple sharing a bedroom and the woman
as a mother to a same sex child.
So far, every person I spoke with is confident that your fried, had she jointly applied for housing with all adults in the household would have gotten
a two bedroom house or apartment; one for the child and one for the couple. Unfortunately, they all feel she failed to alert the foster care advocate
when her financial and housing situation changed.
One woman I spoke with, who happens to be a 20 year veteran of the homes for children program in Illinois and a very good friend of mine, tells me
your friend is pulling the wool over my eyes otherwise one of her peers needs to be fired. "There is no way in hell the child would be left in that
environment" is what my friend told me.
Long story short, my friend Bev, is stirring up a bees nest and she won't rest until every foster placement is contacted and investigated. Don't
worry too much, she is just a peon social worker with a very limited amount of strings to pull. Just know that this is a serious matter and the
system failed on two fronts.
That IS what your friend wanted, right? I sure hope so because if she is scamming the system, she is going to be caught if she happens to live in
Bev's area and may have to pay for it big time. On the other hand, if her claim is legit and she followed all those social rules, she will get the
two bedroom she needs and some spankings are going to be dished out toward social workers that allowed the one bedroom situation to happen to a foster
In my search for info, it kind of got out of my hands. I did not realize how serious this sort of accusation was until I tried to help you help your
friend. Apparently, this is pretty heavy accusation on my part to hand over to a friend of mine. I just hope your friend was worth the mess I have
just created for my friend to correct a problem that may or may not exist!
[edit on 16-7-2010 by peggy m]