Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dino Rossi and the Children's Administration

Interesting post by Adam Wilson of The Olympian on a proposal from Dino Rossi to separate out Children's Services from the Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) and make it its own "cabinet level" department.

Sounds nice enough. But where's the money going to come from?

Wilson also cites Rossi as saying that there were "200 deaths" of children in state care in the past four years, which sounds ridiculous on the face of it and is further proven so by checking the child fatality reports at the DSHS website.

Murder by abuse happens, horribly so. Trying to pin that on Christine Gregoire because she didn't allocate a million dollars for DSHS to be nationally accredited is foolish, even more so when you consider the costs that are involved in getting to that point.

It's nice to talk about protecting our most vulnerable--my daughter is one of them--but beyond a good talking point, what are the specifics on how Senator Rossi intends to make that happen?

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