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In a breaking news report Wednesday night, DailyMail.com revealed that some California foster parents are being asked to care for “26 or more” unaccompanied migrant children, amid the country’s ongoing crisis at the Mexico border.
Recently, foster parents Travis and Sharla Kall received the following voicemail:
“This is an emergency message, please respond to this urgent message from the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD), CCLD would like to know how many available beds you have to serve additional youth.”
Afterward, the couple received an email with the same urgent message, asking how many beds, ranging from “zero to 26 +,” they had available.
Travis said that six is the usual number of foster children allowed at one time, which is what most prepare for. Add 20 to that.
“We called our caseworker, and she told us that everyone was calling her because they had got that same call,” Travis added.
Daily Mail reports that foster parents working with a different agency also received the same request. This other agency confirmed via email that the children were, indeed, coming from the border.
EXCLUSIVE: California foster parents are being asked to take in '26 or more' migrant children https://t.co/JpTxAlLrpo
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 25, 2021
At any given point, there are more than 30,000 children in the L.A. County foster care system, thus Sharla is displeased with recent requests.
“To ask us already certified foster parents to take on children from another country when we can barely take care of our own foster crisis doesn’t seem beneficial to either side because either way someone loses a bed,” she says.
Let that sit: “we can barely take care of our own foster crisis.”
“I consider it human trafficking,” Travis goes on. “It’s not the burden of taking kids in because we have the heart for it, but these are kids that were taken from the border for a money scheme and now they’re going to use us resource parents to take care of them.”
Travis and Sharla run a non-profit organization that fights against human trafficking.
This border crisis needs to be addressed as numbers and complications grow. These foster care requests are far from sustainable, and they indicate that our elected leaders have no idea how to solve this problem.