A guy at work asked me about this today. This is the admonishion I gave back to him for consideration:
Foster kids don't get into foster homes unless they've been through the worst of the worst. They've learned what gets people busted and what doesn't. Unlike the rest of the members of the nuclear families, they know how to not only EXPLODE a family by headlines like this in the paper, but have the power to LEVEL that familiy's church to ground just by being affilliated with that foster family.
He said the guy looked like a druged out hood. I retorted, "What do you think YOU'D look like after being rousted out'ta bed at 3AM? You don't exactly get the powder room treatment before booking in, Eva Gabor."
This poor Foster schmuck probably asked the kid to take out the trash and she tells him to fyock off. So he probably grounded her from the Friday dance like any concerned parent. All she has to do is make a few slits on her arm with a razor and let it 'accidentally' show to a councillor and 'victim-is-me' look that is so popular with the zombie types nowadays, and VIOLA! Ruined family and FABULOUS ARTESIA GOSSIP!
Plus that, there are so many Sargents just hoping upon hope that a case like THIS will catapult them into the detective ranks.
After 10 years of boredom, don't you Artesians think for a moment that cops wouldn't sink an innocent family to advance their career.