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Isn't Housing Child Welfare?

Isn’t Housing Child Welfare?
Yesterday, I finally got an appellate opinion in a case in which I represented the child’s mother.The Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the trial court’s finding of dependency, determining my client had been penalized for simply asking the Department of Family and Children Services (“DFCS”) for help to find housing for herself and her child. In the first paragraph of a blistering concurring opinion, Judge Dillard wrote,
As President Ronald Reagan once quipped, “ ‘[t]he nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help’” V.G.’s mother learned this the hard way when she sought government assistance in securing suitable housing for her and her young son. Big mistake.
The opinion highlights the ways in which the State utterly fails the most needy families. DFCS removed V.G. because his family was homeless and no one could help the family obtain housing. That’s it. This choice cannot be the only one we have…

A Little More Outrage Please