Shut down FamiliesFirst

Kudos to the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health, for decertifying FamiliesFirst with respect to reimbursements for child care. Hopefully, the state Department of Social Services will shut down FamiliesFirst’s Yolo County operation for good. Optimally, their statewide operations ought to be shut down as well.

EMQ FamiliesFirst fits neatly into what Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry describe as “vulture capitalism.” Under the pretext of therapeutic intervention into the life trajectories of neglected and abused children and youths, FamiliesFirst practices predatory capitalism in which we taxpayers transfer large sums of money to them, using the state and county governments as laundries for the money.

Instead of therapeutic intervention, FamiliesFirst is basically warehousing its captive charges and not even doing a good job of warehousing — 500 police visitations in six months, and rapes on and off the premises. And FamiliesFirst’s response is to claim that it cannot be held responsible for what its charges do off the premises.

This is way past negligence; this is abuse. We should lobby for its closure — locally and statewide!

Desmond Jolly

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