Family Find from Children Trends October 2011
The program was first conceived in 1999 by Kevin Campbell and colleagues at Catholic Community Services in Tacoma, Washington. Campbell was inspired by the family-tracing techniques used by international aid agencies to find and reunite family members who had been separated by war, civil disturbance, or natural disaster. Using genealogical archives and internet-based services, Campbell and colleagues were not only able to increase the number of life-long connections for children in foster care in the agency’s service area and decrease the number of children in non-relative care, but also inspire the passage of state legislation in 2003 requiring intensive relative searches for all children in out-of-home care.
If you are in foster care, Washington Sate has an interest that a child knows all possible relatives on both maternal and paternal sides. Yet currently in Washington State, if ones states children should live with both their biological mother and father and to identify and create public policy around that concept, it can be construed as hatred?