To the Editor:
I am a pacifist by nature. I have not ever spanked any of my three children, and for legal, moral and religious reasons, I am not a proponent of the death penalty, even in the most heinous of crimes. However, if the male perpetrator of the death of AJ Freund meets the same probable fate in prison as did Jeffrey Dahmer, I certainly will not shed one single tear.
As is just about everyone else in McHenry County, it seems, my wife and I have been emotionally involved with AJ’s case since the day it started. When two days after AJ was reported “missing” we read that AJ had a younger brother who needed care, we immediately called DCFS and inquired about taking him into our home. The next day, someone from DCFS called us back and explained to us the process we would need to follow in order to first become foster parents, before being allowed to provide a home for the younger brother, or someone like him.
Basically, the process involves filling out a lengthy questionnaire and sitting for an interview, undergoing about 30 hours of classroom education, and then have a home inspection performed.
In honor of AJ, and for all of the other beautiful children listed on the DCFS website as needing foster parents, I encourage those who are able to apply to become foster parents as well. You can set whatever parameters you want, consistent with your abilities.
The despicable things that happened to poor little innocent AJ in his very short life brings great sadness to most of us. But maybe we can channel our grief by becoming foster parents and possibly preventing any such tragedy from ever happening in our community again. I think that would be one of the best ways we could honor AJ’s memory.
P.S. Another excellent volunteer organization for the protection of children is McHenry County CASA
Thomas J. Popovich