Teen Busted For Underage Foster Parenting
TEMPE, AZ - In a reveal that shook the neighborhood, Corey Anders, 18, was caught caring for a foster child by the Tempe Police Department. "Anders has committed a serious offense," said Deputy Robert Fitzgerald in a statement released to the press. "We know that the general population often does not take the crime of underage fostering seriously, and some parents even allow their teens to host foster parties in their own homes. Anders was having such a gathering when we came to check on a noise complaint last Friday night."
According to US law, a citizen cannot foster a child if they are under the age of 21. However, a 2013 National Survey showed that at least 35% of teens report having at least one foster child by the age of fifteen. "We didn't think it was a big deal," said Sam Ranger, a friend of Anders. "We do it all the time. It makes us feel good. The cops have shown up before, but we just shove the kids under pillows or in our jackets and no one can even tell."
Tess Anders, the 22-year-old foster mother of Corey, blames an absentee father for Corey's recklessness. "It's hard being a single foster mother," Tess said. "Nobody told me that fostering a teenage son in my early twenties was gonna be so difficult."
Though several other teens have been charged, Anders faces the most severe sentence after being found in possession of a keg of foster children. This may include the revocation of his license, as it is illegal across the country to drive while fostering a child. Deputy Fitzgerald urges families to crack down on underage fostering, and to keep closer watch on their rebellious teens.
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