Adoptive and Foster Parents

February 11, 2006

I think the most beautiful thing in the world is to give an unwanted child a home.  Or to give a confused, scared woman, options other than abortion for their unborn child.  Ideally, I would LOVE to be like Angelina Jolie and take in as many children as I could.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the resources to do it.

A lot of these children, especially those taken from their homes and put in “protective” foster care have very traumatic lives and NEED love, attention, discipline and patience.  This is why stories about abusive adoptive/foster parents, such as Vanessa Jackson, make me so angry.

Bruce Jackson walked into court Friday with a swagger, 15 inches taller and nearly 100 pounds heavier than the 45-pound teenager found foraging through a trash can for food less than two and a half years ago.

With anger in his still high-pitched voice, the 21-year-old took the stand to confront the woman he and his three adoptive brothers say went for years denying them not just food, but the chance to grow up like normal kids.

Vanessa Jackson was sentenced to 7 years, and can be eligible for parole in 2 years.  What do YOU think??  Did she get off with a slap in the wrist??