Gail Garringer, the first Child Advocate charged with protecting all the children in our state with a staff of herself, two employees and two interns – has released her first report. The Report
That’s right, folks, children are so important to our Governor and the state that five people – two of them interns are all it needs to protect every single one of the more than 20,000 kids in care, the 800 legal orphans created each year.
Wait – it gets better. The first year the Office of the Child Advocate was granted a $300,000 budget. This year it is $260,000
And just think – movie makers get twenty million.
I guess poor children, abused children, children in foster care don’t need the same tender loving care and protection that movie stars making millions of dollars need in order to send all of that tax money to their homes in other states.
Excuse me. You are right. I am NOT HAPPY about this. Not at all happy, in fact.
But, as the OCA’s report notes [see page 16] – there are still no Guardian Ad Litems for poor kids educations, or Gauardian Ad Litems for best Interest to investigate and report. No. Chief Justice for Administration and Management abolished those guardians of the vulnerable on November 14, 2008.
And, though I wrote an open letter, faxed seventy legislators…the silence has been total. I never did get a written response from Governor Patrick, nor from 68 of the 70 legislators I faxed.
But then…poor kids don’t vote, do they? Or attend fundraisers.