Why not let our trained social workers decide which homes are best for children on a case by case basis?
Under this philosophy we would have no laws or state regulations regarding who can adopt a child or be a foster parent. The State of Arkansas has never applied this standard. We have state laws that provide guidance to our social workers. We wouldnt think of removing all state laws regarding adoption or foster care and simply leaving every decision to the discretion of social workers and bureaucrats. Social workers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals all operate under state laws and state rules and regulations. These laws exist for the protection of these professionals and for the protection of the public. State sanctioned adoptions and foster care mean that the State of Arkansas is creating families. This is a decision too important to leave simply to the discretion of any one individual or small group of social workers.