"When we take kids away from their parents, we become their parents, and we assume the highest obligation to ensure that those kids have the best chance to thrive in life
SACRAMENTO -- Creating sweeping new protections for tens of thousands of California's most traumatized children, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's most comprehensive set of laws to curb the overprescribing of psychiatric drugs in foster care.
For the first time, the state will train caregivers and court officials on the hazards of psychotropic drugs, scour medicated children's health records for alarming prescriptions and step up scrutiny of residential facilities that rely too heavily on the medications to control kids' behavior.
Child welfare advocates cheered the long-awaited reforms inspired by this newspaper's ongoing investigation "Drugging Our Kids," which found almost 1 in 4 California foster teens receive psych medications.
"When we take kids away from their parents, we become their parents, and we assume the highest obligation to ensure that those kids have the best chance to thrive in life," said Frank Mecca, executive director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California. "And these bills give us the tools to make sure that kids don't just get pills but that they get high quality mental health treatment and that their well-being is closely monitored."
Psychotropic Drugs on Foster Children ABC 20/20
Team Backup believes these kids need to be treated as your own and by surrounding them with family (that could be you) and positive programs where they can learn and develop... Drugs as a last resort. We will never know if other means of support will work if they aren't tried first...
We know helping these children can be a monumental task especially by just one foster parent. That is why the failure rate of foster parents is so high! Now, imagine a 'Team Backup Family' could surround this child... Logic would tell you that success would be much more likely.