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Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

As a former foster child in this system, I can safely say that DHS was the most miserable expirence of my life. I entered the foster care system at a very young age and was seperated from my sister, which left me feeling alone and to blame. I thought everything was my fault. My mother, who was bipolar (not by choice), was said to be an unfit mother which wasn't true. She did everything she was asked,but no results. Later in life, I finally had a real family again and I felt at piece, but once again DHS stepped in. Foster parents also have "rules". Our family was told that certain people in the home had to get a TB test done. Well, we were a day later getting it done, but the next day as we sat in the doctors office, my parents got the call that me, and two of my sisters were going to be taken away. As the court date came, I was on the stand fighting to stay. Thankfully, Judge Hewitt, plead in my favor saying that I would go far in life. As for my foster sisters, they had a different judge and weren't so lucky. The oldest of the two got sent away to a "wonderful family" were the father was a preacher, but guess what? He soon got arrested for having sexual relations with minors. How was that a better home!? I lost my sisters because my parents were ONE day late on a TB Test. Everyone makes mistakes. The workers there are the fakest people I have ever met! One worker in particular, Robby McKay, came to our house a lot and was considered a friend but did she ever do her duties? No. As a caseworker, she's supposed to check the home and make sure it is kept up as well as check cars to make sure we had appropriate child seats, for we had a family of seven. Not once did she do her job, although she did compliment our house. But then she stabbed my family in the back when we went to court saying our house was a disaster and nothing was clean. Lied to our faces. Something needs to be done. I will fix it and get ahold of news stations if I have to. I am eighteen now, and thanks to DHS, we all have emotional problems and a huge loss of our two sisters. That will never be fully fixed. Time doesn't heal all wounds...
-Anna Gregory (formerly, Anna Wunsch)

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Posted by Anna Gregory on 07/09/2015 at 11:40 PM


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