OK, still on the adoption trail of tears.
It may/probably will turn into a war next year.
Two different foster kids in state custody, via the foster care system, from states outside of Texas will have several fewer Christmas presents this year.
They can thank--or curse--their state governments for that.
More accurately, they can curse the complete lack of accountability that has become government employment in this country.
I was told today by two different (to remain, for now, nameless) states that my wife and I are too old to be considered as adoptive parents--even for older teenage kids.
Like hell we will.
Since when did late 40's/early 50's, in good health, financially comfortable, no criminal records (not even an arrest or investigation), college educated make one ineligible to give new life and a forever home and future to a teenage child discarded by their sperm-donor bio-parents and who will, according to statistics, "age out" in foster care and be summarily tossed on the streets?
Who the hell makes up those stupid-assed rules? Who you ask?
Government oxygen thieves.
HOWEVER. . . get this. Private adoption agencies don't give a damn how old you are. Will you be a good match, a good fit and provide a loving, safe, forever home for the child? That's what they are more concerned about.
The complete lack of competence, ability, accountability and common sense found in all layers and levels of government no longer astounds me. It pisses me off. We're paying for this nonsense via ever inflated and rising taxes, and the service we get in return isn't for crap.
And in over 300,000 children's instances, they--the kids--are the ones that will pay for the ineptness and lack of accountability for a government that is not only failing them, but abandoning them.
These kids have no voice. By the time they legally get one, they'll have aged-out of the system and be too damn busy trying to survive and stay alive to worry about the kids behind them.
What the hell has happened to our country?