Helping Our Most Helpless Children
We have all
read stories of how children are 'lost' in the Foster Care system. By
'lost' we mean the System simply cannot find them, and has no idea of
where they went or what happened to them. Of course, since they are
poor, they do not get the attention of JonBenet Ramsey. Whether they
have run away, or abused and murdered, or sold as slaves into the child
sex trade, no one knows. And the system does not seem to care, because
it keeps on happening. No one can reach
any conclusion other than the System is broken.
Frank Lynch proposes to construct a nationwide system of
Frank's Children's Villages consisting of small clusters of residential homes
adjacent to neighborhood schools. Children would be saved from the foster care
system and placed in these residences staffed by full-time, live-in trained
specialists to guide the children.
Each home would specialize in children having similar
needs. Children would be categorized by age, sex, and development similarities,
so that each home could be staffed by specialists targeting these children.
The children would generally attend the adjacent neighborhood
schools, but children with exceptional needs or emotional problems would live in
homes adjacent to specialized schools.
Sound expensive? Only in the short term. So many
decades ago that I cannot remember when, I heard the Reverend Jesse Jackson say
that you could spend $50,000 today on a child and create a constructive and
healthy citizen/taxpayer, or you could spend $500,000 or more over a lifetime on
criminal prosecution, jails, police and welfare, not to mention the price paid
by the crime victims of the maladjusted kids. And of course these lost Americans
never pay taxes, they just drain our money.
By the time they
reach age 21, fully half of all the "graduates" of our national system
of Foster Care are sentenced to jail, where you and I continue to pay
for them, except that now we pay for them to get a graduate degree in
how to live as criminals. That includes half of the girls.
Plus the follow-on price of unwed, under-age
births and crack babies, who of course go into foster care, into jail and on welfare faster
than a grasshopper can jump. It is so much cheaper to save the child than deal
with a lifelong wreck. Not to mention the morality. How can a moral society
condemn helpless children to horrible lives without hope? How can a moral
society do that to helpless children just because it will cost less this year?
will say this solution sounds a lot like orphanages.
Many Proven Benefits
For one hundred years, every single, repeat, EVERY
STUDY has shown that, compared to children who grow up in normal two
parent homes, children who grow up in orphanages spend less time on
welfare, have lower arrest rates, commit fewer crimes, spend less
time in jail, and have fewer out of wedlock babies.
Children who grow up in orphanages average a
higher level of education, have higher average income, healthier
children, fewer divorces, pay more lifetime taxes to support society,
and live longer than the total US population.
Which means that children who grow up in
orphanages do as well as the average children from two parent 'normal' homes, and
better than a great many of children from 'normal' families.
All of which makes children who grow up in
orphanages into fantastically better, more productive and happier
citizens than children who grow up in foster care. I would say that
saving a child from foster care to make the child into a model American
is worth any price. How can anyone disagree?
If you will permit a small joke, the statistics
almost suggest most children from average homes would turn out better in
an orphanage. Just joking!
Unfortunately, Frank Lynch cannot work full time
on this most worthy of charities right now, because it is more important
to save all American children than to just save a part of children. The University seeks to save all American children and
to put American Families First.
Frankskids will go forward, but the next
several months, Frank
must be focused on the total Nation.
We beg those of who feel strongly about
Frankskids, do not wait. Donate Now! Frankskids exists as
a program within Frank Lynch University, so our Teachers Development
provide student volunteers and teachers in training for the specialized
care of the children.
Click here to donate to these most needy and helpless
of our society.
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