On page 4 of the Herald's Kids Day insert, we were very disappointed to read the caption under the photo of a great aunt and uncle and their infant great-niece whom they had "rescued from foster care." Look up "rescue" and you'll find "save someone from a dangerous or distressing situation."
It might be more appropriate to say these children are "rescued" from their own homes for a variety of reasons which could be described as sad, sorry, dangerous or criminal.
While family reconciliation would be an ideal outcome and placement with a suitable family member a preferred option, the caption does a disservice -- even insults -- all those foster families who provide a safe nurturing refuge for children whose home life would break your heart.
They also provide a respite for moms and dads so they can get the assistance and skills they need to become the kind of parent we would like all children to have.
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Look up "foster" and you'll find "encourage or promote the development of something, typically something regarded as good; raise, cherish, bring up, nurture."
PEGGY and MARK HEVLAND, Kennewick