FOSTER CARE FACT FOR THE DAY: The federal government paid  incentives of$31, 751,494, plus an additional $20 million per state in bonuses, if they exceeded last year’s foster care numbers. State foster care gets $25,782, per child, per year, plus local matching funds.

Source: National Council for Adoption


State Sovereignty – this is the answer!

Have you been following the news about the state sovereignty movement? I have, and I’m thrilled to see that state legislators are waking up to the fact that many of the federal government’s laws were created in violation of the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Federal child welfare laws have ruined our country and our families. These laws should never have been passed because the Tenth Amendment states that the federal government had no right to pass them!

The Tenth Amendment states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

States agreed to follow the federal child welfare laws because they wanted federal funding, so state legislators passed laws based on the mandates of the federal child welfare laws. But now state legislators are waking up to the fact that those federal laws were unconstitutional.

More than half the states have or are considering laws proclaiming their sovereignty. These laws contain words like, “WHEREAS, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” and “this measure shall serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers.”

There are no states that are doing this out of concern for child welfare laws, but the laws that govern CPS started with unconstitutional federal mandates and they are included in the many laws that states need to separate themselves from because they were unconstitutional in the beginning, and still are.

We who want to see child welfare change into a saner, more compassionate endeavor must work to let our state legislators know that (1) we support state sovereignty, and (2) we want changes to those state laws that were created to comply with federal child welfare requirements.

To help each of you approach your state legislators on this topic, I’ve created a very short e-book which you can download and print out to take to your state legislators. Let them know you want state sovereignty, and that you want your state to repeal laws based on the unconstitutional federal child welfare laws.

The e-book: The State Sovereignty Movement and Child Welfare

It is up to each of you to make sure this important information reaches your state legislature. Believe me, right now most of them are not thinking of the way state sovereignty will affect child welfare so it is up to YOU to make sure they become aware of how unconstitutional federal laws have destroyed and harmed families like yours.

My suggestions: Write a one-page (short) cover letter about your situation, and send it to your state legislator along with this e-book. Better yet, take it to your state legislator’s office in person. If you live close to your state capitol, print a collection of these e-books and put them in the mail in-box for every legislator in your state!