Foster Care Essay

 

gangs to ll that ga!- 'his oers them a sense o, (elonging# su!!ort# !rote+tion# ,ood# shelter and money- ll these things are im!ortant ne+essities that everyone needs and e!e+ts ,rom a ,amily- n,ortunately this 2*amily3 o!ens them u! to a li,e o, +rime# drugs and violen+e- Cha!in Hall at the niversity o, Chi+ago# suggests even having a +lose and +aring relationshi! with at least one adult is an im!ortant !rote+tive ,a+tor# ,rom entering ali,e that +an lead to addi+tion# 7ail time and even death- 'his +ould (e a !revious ,oster !arent or even a so+ial worker who +ontinues to oer su!!ort and guidan+e- )hoever it is# the young adults leaving the ,oster +are system need to know that they are +ared a(out and loved (y someone# so they do not go looking ,or that love and +are in the wrong !la+es- Some Might )ant to Disagree)e are strongly suggesting these young adults who have aged out o, ,oster +are arestruggling (e+ause they do not have the su!!ort and +onne+tion that +omes with (eing !art o, a ,amily- However# not everyone would agree with us- 'hrough resear+h we have dis+overed there are multi!le theories a(out why the statisti+s are so low and the short and long term out+omes are so !oor ,or ,oster +hildren- Most !eo!le do not +learly see the dieren+es (etween ,oster +are +hildren and non,oster +are +hildren- 'hey assume these +hildren 7ust do not know how to make good de+isions and +hoi+es- 'hey (elieve the ,oster +are system is !roviding them with adequate !re!aration and resour+es and it is not the ,oster +are system that is ,ailing the +hild (ut the +hild himsel,- Re,erring to the +hild as the !ro(lem and not the system- )hen a young woman aged out o, ,oster +are is %00? more likely to (e+ome !regnant (y the age o, $1 than a young woman never having (een in ,oster+are# the +hild (eing the !ro(lem is sim!ly not true-Some would also like to (elieve that a +hild would 7oin a gang des!ite whether they are in or had (een in ,oster +are or not- Be+ause (oth ,oster +are +hildren and nonI,oster +are +hildren have (een known to 7oin gangs- 'he sim!le ,a+t is# +hildren 7oin gangs to gain a sense o, (elonging# or to have someone they !er+eive as having their (a+k- 'his is a ree+tion o, a +hild/s home li,e# whether in ,oster +are or not-  'hey are looking and desiring a ,amily +onne+tion- nother theory is (e+ause they were taken ,rom their (iologi+al homes there must (e something (iologi+ally wrong with them- Many ,oster +hildren were removed ,rom their homes (e+ause their !arents were addi+ted to drugs and al+ohol or they were a(used or negle+ted- 'hese +hildren are not de,e+tive# their !arents are- 'he stigmatiGing o, the +hild must +ease- 'his stigmatism ,ollows the +hild throughout their li,e and many +hildren (elieve they are ,ollowing in their !arents ,ootste!s and+onsequently (e+ome addi+ts as well- )ith ,a+ts like %0? will (e homeless# go to 7ail or die within a year o, leaving ,oster +are it is a wonder anyone would even +onsider that enough is (eing done ,or these +hildren- @9unnA*inding a Solution

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Foster Care

INTRODUCTION

An ideal environment for the social, emotional, and developmental growth of children does not always exist in today’s society. Family units that have become separated due to family or behavior problems often contribute to delays in these areas. In order to promote continuity in the social, emotional, and developmental growth of children who have been victims of family disruption, children are often removed from the home and placed in foster care. Placement in the foster care system affects children in a unique, individual fashion. The affects of child-care by non-parental custodians, though subjective in nature, have common parameters that must be addressed and examined.
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Reasons for foster care placement vary, as does the length of intervention. Although foster care placement is intended to serve as a temporary haven until children can safely return to their family, for many children it does not serve this purpose. This is the result of children moving from placement to placement, which undermines the efforts to promote stability and continuity in the life of the child. Failure to find a satisfactory and suitable foster care arrangement can be as detrimental to a child as the environment from which he or she was removed.
Children of all ages, ethnicities, and genders enter the foster care system. A dramatic increase in foster care placement has occurred over the last ten years. Over 500,000 children currently reside in some form of foster care. An analysis of data has provided statistical information concerning the age, ethnicity, and gender of children placed in foster care. African-American children make up approximately two thirds of the foster care population. The average age of children in foster care is 10.6 years. The proportion of male and female children in the system is nearly equal, though there is a slightly higher percentage of males than females, 52% to 48%.
EFFECTIVE FOSTER CARE The ultimate objective of foster care is to promote the well being of the whole child by providing a safe, stable, and nurturing environment for the child. In order to facilitate the

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