Hidden Foster Care: All of the Responsibility, None of the Resources

Roxanna Asgarian - The Appeal

"Outside of the traditional foster care system exists a shadow system of potentially hundreds of thousands of children removed by CPS to their relatives or family friends—without a court case, monetary support, or due process," says this article from the Appeal which explores the phenomenon of "shadow foster care" in the U.S. "Unlike the traditional foster care system," says the article, "no court case is initiated, and no lawyers are present to advise either parents or caregivers of their rights. Legal advocates say these arrangements lead to confusion around custody rights, are ripe for coercion of the parent, and leave caregivers without any support in caring for children."