Community care without controls can be lethal if no one is watching the watchers. In this case, while a child was supposed to be visited two times a week and her care monitored, those visits did not happen. No one monitored and a child died. Danieal Kelly, like Haleigh Poutre, was failed by the systems in place to “protect”.
An eleven year prison term won’t bring this child back to life and in a residential setting, many eyes and many hands would have been involved. I believe this 14 year old with cerebral palsy would still be alive in a residential setting where many shifts and pairs of eyes, and specialized services were available.
Sometimes I wonder if the income streams generated by foster kids who receive SSDI and the money goes to agencies, or helpless kids like Kelly, the 14 year old who died in so-called community care, are not too tempting without serious checks and balances and auditing oversight.
There is a place for “community care”; there is also a place for specialized residential care. Both are needed by some individuals, and both require real over sight to be safe and effective.
Humility is teachability. “Teachability” includes the ability to move beyond doctrine, to admit one size does not fit all, and to even be able to admit to being wrong and on occassion to say “I am sorry.”
A governmental agency or system that is not teachable, and which cannot admit mistakes and change when change is needed will kill some of those it serves.