Oh, You Can't Reform Foster Care? Federal Judges Say Otherwise.

Choose your narratives carefully.

 Remember. All of this unnecessary irresponsibility, negligence, unaccountability, failures, wastefulness, etc. can easily be changed.

Tennessee administrators suddenly found it in themselves to make some necessary changes. But only when dragged into federal court. In front of a federal judge.

It's like the kid who figures out how to saca la basura. But only when faced with the consequences of a belt to butt meeting.

Or the kid who figures out how his room should be cleaned appropriately when he finds all of his electronics sitting in a trashbag outside next to a can of lighter fluid and a box of matches.

Or the sassy kid who figures out not to talk back, or mumble under her breath, or slam bedroom doors, when she finds herself grounded with no activities for a month, head first in an oven cleaning it with no degreaser, elbow-deep in mommy and daddy's bathroom toilet with no fancy hand brush, and said door off the hinges.

And that was consequence #1.

I digress. You get the point.

There is no lack of resources. There is no shortage of good people to become foster parents. There is no shortage of investment dollars for our homeless youth.

Those are nothing but excuses given by those who are not held accountable for the stewardship of our tax dollars. Our social service agencies. Our community programs.

Tennessee officials made the necessary changes when they were held accountable. To federal laws. Either adhere to them or find yourself in contempt of court.

Nobody in senior administrations are going to risk their personal jobs, their families, their income, their personal freedom, over doing what they should have been doing from the start. Nobody.

It is our responsibility to our kids and youth in our communities to hold the decision-makers, the administrators, the people at the helm, accountable for their actions. Their priorities. Their decisions.

There is no such thing as a system. It does not exist. People run these programs. People allow problems to continue. People allow status quo to remain. People give excuses.

A system can do none of these things. A system is a byproduct of human design. Only people can that design. So it only makes sense to hold our people accountable.

And when we choose not to do so, it is our children and youth who continue to suffer, and struggle, and scratch, and claw, and fight out of a destitute life perpetuated by the those in positions to prevent such atrocities.

There is an abundance of cash. There is a wealth of resources. There are countless numbers of people who are capable and willing to join the cause.

Tennessee administrators just had to find out the hard way. Like that sassy kid who found herself elbow-deep in toilet water.

But in their case, in front of a federal judge.

Choose your narratives carefully.