The leader of the Missouri children’s welfare group says increase number of children painting must be in the mental health system, not foster care during a joint legislative committee hearing on Friday, Mary Chant with the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies says the state’s foster care system is not built to handle mental health issues. Missouri has nearly 14,000 foster children.
”When we have a reaction to the well-being of a child, there really cannot be a child welfare situation. But this is the only source a family can do to keep their family safe but also to get the child to care for them, are going through the kid’s welfare system,” she says.
Chant says the federal government has 12 programs that Missouri could get funding for.
”We need mental health resources, especially for the elderly who are 17 to 19 years old and are not in the well-being of the children. They need mental health.”
Chant says about 60% of children are in the child welfare system for neglect, not physical or sexual abuse.
”She says, there are other opportunities to keep the home safe from the already well-known and assist children at home, which saves them the economic cost but also the cost of living.”
Rep. Hannah Kelly, R-Mountain Grove, chairs the Joint committee on child abuse and Neglect.