Child in Closet Case Raising Interest in Foster Care
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Neighbors of a 10-year-old girl found emaciated in the closet of a Kansas City, Missouri, apartment building held a rally for the child on Wednesday night, but they aren’t the only ones showing support for the girl as many families have shown an interest in becoming a foster parent for her when she gets out of the hospital.
The girl, whose name has not been released, was found last Friday in the closet of an apartment in the 1300 block of Highland Avenue by police acting on an anonymous tip through a child abuse hotline. When she was found by officers, the girl – who weighed only 32 pounds – was standing in her own feces and urine.
The girls’ mother, Jacole N. Prince, is in the Jackson County Jail, charged with assault, child abuse and child endangerment in connection to the case. Bond has been set at $200,000 cash-only. Her child remains in an area hospital.
But when she gets out, there will be no shortage of families volunteering to take her in as a foster child. In fact, the case has raised the interest in becoming a foster parent in general.
For Linda Hosman, the patience, love and hard work are worth the effort.
“Just because they enter your home and you love them and tell them their safe now, they have no basis from which to believe you and that takes time and it takes stamina,” said Hosman. “And it takes loving them when they reject you back.”
Hosman, who with her family has house 40 foster children over the past 20 years – and who has adopted 10 of those children, says that providing a loving home for foster children has been her greatest accomplishment.
“I’ve been so blessed to be the parent of broken children who are healed,” said Hosman, who says that she hopes that she might be the right match for the girl found in the closet.
“She will need love that she can never earn. She will need consistency, she will need someone whos not afraid of her anger,” said Hosman. “She will need someone to parent her when liking her may not end up being quite so easy.”
Foster agencies across the metro have received an influx of calls from people showing an interest in building a home for kids that have no where else to go. According to Midwest Foster Care and Adoption, there are currently 1,300 kids in foster care in Jackson County, and 700 kids looking for adoptive homes.
“It raises awareness yet again that as a public society we need to be aware and that we need to report and we need to be investigative and intrusive to protect our most precious commodity, and thats our children,” said Hosman.