20 000 Western Cape kids in foster care

2012-07-04 14:38

Cape Town - About 20 000 children in the Western Cape are in foster care because of abuse, neglect and their parents' drug use, it was reported on Wednesday.

Cape Town Child Welfare CEO Niresh Ramklass told the Cape Times that poverty was not helping the already bleak situation.

"It is quite stark. It would be best if children were not taken from their homes, but if we don't have a proper social net to protect our children, they will be lost. Many of them will die," he said.

He said drug use, especially among young mothers, was prevalent in the province.

"Drugs, tik in particular, play a huge role [in] the breakdown of family cores.

"They have broken down young mothers' abilities to nurture their children. They spend most of their time at tik houses and have no time to feed or wash their newborn babies."

Children were kept in foster care for an average of two years while parents attempted to get their lives back on track.

Over 100 000 children were in foster care nationally.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-07-04 14:42

    Although this isn't a good thing, I think it can be said that a decent job is being done to try and take care of children in distressing situations.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-04 14:47

    This is sad, tik is such a devastating drug, not only on the person doing it, the children, but also on the community they are in..

  • kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-07-04 14:54

    - Tik, like all drugs, is not forced on someone, but taken willingly. A drug such as Tik is well-known to most people for its devastating effects on the body, but people still indulge. Drugs simply reflect the weakness of society.

      GodsGraceSuffices - 2012-07-04 15:06

      I agree. People know exactly what they are doing. They cannot blame anyone for their children being taken away. Can someone at News 24 put up so contact information for people who are maybe wanting to get hold of these associations to either adopt, or donate etc. The return of our Lord Jesus is close at hand. This sick world shows that it wont be very much longer before we see Jesus comeing on the clouds!

      eric.martinsich - 2012-07-04 15:39

      The using of drugs means that those people have a "mental illness". Is it easy to stop someone from using drugs "NO". If it was that simple we would not have drug addicts. The affects on the kids terrible. Yes! they know what they are doing but like many many other habits they cannot just stop. The way out is to place the parents in Kibbutz type camps to work off the habit, get mental help whilst there, build the body and then the mind.Rehabilitation centres cost far far too much money and I yet have to see the vast majority gettng clean. Army style training is the way to go.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-07-04 15:11

    This is terribly upsetting!

  • delia.naude - 2012-07-04 15:49

    And Zuma still wants a new aeroplane...tsk tsk :(

  • Megan - 2012-07-04 16:16

    If these children have been forced to leave their homes because of neglect, abuse, etc then I seriously hope THE PARENTS WERE STERILIZED!!!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-04 16:28

    Put contraceptives in the drinking water....everywhere.

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