JERUSALEM, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
The Love for Israel Relief Fund published a proposal on its web site http://love4israel.org/admin/pdf/Proposal.pdf calling for outsourced welfare services. According to the proposal, outsourcing services saved the welfare system in Illinois and will also rescue Israel's failed welfare system.
The state-run infrastructure has reached a boiling point after government-employed social workers went on strike in March and returned to work only to be dragged before the UN Human Rights Counsel on human rights violations which have been mounting against them for years. The Love for Israel Relief Fund decided to take immediate action after the Jerusalem Post reported on 2 June 2011 that a group of Israeli fathers appealed to the UN with allegations including, "institutionalized torture and denial of civil rights" against Israel's Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Welfare.
"This situation is unacceptable," stated R. David Weisskopf, Love for Israel Relief Fund's chairman. "On the one hand, Israel placed 500% more families under closely supervised visitation than Illinois in 2004 when I served as a consultant with the DCFS director. Since then, Israel's supervised visitation has increased by 73% - with a devastating impact on ethnic minorities, immigrants and suicide rates. It is five times more deadly for a father to get divorced in Israel than to drink and drive in Illinois. On the other hand, I hope both sides will return to the table and allow us to arbitrate a peaceful solution without involving the UN."
In an effort to restore family values, the proposal suggests seriously engaging divorced families and beginning to fill the gaps of service to this fragile and oftentimes explosive population. Children grow up in limbo as divorcing families have to wait six months to a year - or more - for a professional report in order to finalize visitation and custodial arrangements.
"The only way out of this mess is outsourcing services," said Weisskopf. "We are setting an example by sponsoring a privately-run family support center in Jerusalem." The Ministry of Social Affairs & Social Services can more efficiently hold private contractors like this center to higher standards of excellence than government-employed bureaucrats. The proposal states that the first center opening in Jerusalem will begin offering therapeutic support groups in English and Hebrew to parents in divorce situations. "For now all our funding comes from private donations," he said, "but we need to start these groups right away and worry about funds later."
Contact: R. David Weisskopf Love for Israel Relief Fund's chairman +972-52-230-4756 firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 33050, Jerusalem, Israel 91036; +972-52-230-4756, email@example.com
SOURCE Love for Israel Relief Fund