Essay On Foster Adoption

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323,123,019 and growing is the United States census for this year of 2016 (U.S. and World Population Clock). 415,129 is the amount of children living in the United States who are currently in foster care waiting to be adopted (The AFCARS Report). These numbers are staggering and highlight a huge problem in America caused by adoption regulations, same sex debates, and cost; the effects are rising foster care numbers, declining adoption rates, higher abortion rates, and physical and psychological harms to children. Background knowledge is a very important essential when doing research; therefore one should know the history of adoption. “Adoption refers to the act by which an adult formally becomes the guardian of a child and incurs the rights and responsibilities of a parent. At the conclusion of the formal process, a legal…show more content…
People do not stop to think of what these children have to go through. There are always news articles, books, movies and even firsthand stories about children being abused by their foster parent/s. Physical harm is not the only thing these children have to deal with. “Many studies have pointed to the deleterious impact of foster care on children 's physical health, cognitive and academic functioning, and social-emotional wellbeing. In the area of physical health, pediatric and public health scholars have documented that foster children have a higher level of morbidity throughout childhood than do children not involved in the foster care system” (A Developmental Perspective). “Regarding academic achievement, some studies have found that foster children perform more poorly on academic achievement tests, have poorer grades, and have higher rates of grade retention and special education placement” (A Developmental Perspective). There is a reason they are assigned a social worker, because these children need counseling, guidance, help, and someone to stand up for

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