Safe but separated: Foster program often splits up siblings
By CAITLIN McARTHUR
Capital News Service
LANSING — When Tiana Randolph was 14, she called the police on her mother and stepfather, concerned about the safety of four younger siblings. Little did she know that call would split Tiana and her brothers and sisters apart. The younger children ended up in foster care shortly after the call. Tiana followed three years later, but not into the same home. Tiana was able to see her brothers and sisters regularly in recent years — but two were adopted in the past six months, and Tiana told lawmakers at a public forum earlier this year that she has not been able to contact them since.