I had a student ask me if I had any old glasses frames she could have because hers broke. I knew she was in the foster care system, so I asked her why her to foster mom couldn’t get her some new ones.
She told me that her foster mom said she could only get new frames ever four years, which made her sad because her real daughter had just gotten a second set of frames that year.
I had noticed several other things (the student asked me if I had any extra female hygiene supplies so she could have some at night, so I sent her to the nurse to get extras) that seemed like they should have been covered by the state.
I reported this, and it turned out that the foster mom was clearly not providing basic necessities for either of her foster kids. I was really glad I went with my gut.
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