January 16, 2017
Dr. Phil often says that the foster care system is broken and in need of drastic change. In an effort to bring about change, he and Dr. Frank Lawlis, Chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board and founder of the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center, went to Washington, D.C. to address members of the House of Representatives to make a case to overhaul the foster care system.
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“Families in America are under attack. They’re under attack from drugs,” Dr. Phil told the Representatives. “If we are discussing a parent who is addicted to an opioid, we have to make a decision: do we take that child away and incarcerate that mother for using a drug illegally, or is there an alternative to try and rehabilitate that mother and keep this family unified.”
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Dr. Phil says he adamantly believes that keeping a family unified should be the #1 objective.
“To take a child away from that parent and place that child in foster care should be the last and bad alternative because it does nothing but put two people in the system with no path toward reunification,” Dr. Phil explained. “My goal is to keep them out of the system to begin with and if they’re in the system, to have a path to get them out of the system.”