Developmental Issues In Foster Care

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Instead of being reunited with family members, more than 428,000 children are currently in the foster care system. Although in some cases foster care is the better solution but for most it is not what is best. Many children feel neglect and abuse. As a cause of this many have developmental issues and may even end up as juveniles. The foster care system is not always a good choice. Even with having good intentions there are many terrible experiences. Developmental issues continue to be a problem with children in foster care. As a foster child most intentions are to have the child adopted, yet in many cases they bounce from foster home to foster home. In the article, “Developmental Issues for Young Children in Foster Care” by the committee …show more content…

These four conditions are consequences of abuse and neglect, the challenges of attachment to the caregiver, a child's changing senses, and response to stress (Committee on Early Childhood). Most caregivers foster more than one child at a time and give attention to some more than the others and they can take this very harshly. In a new situation with new strangers is hard especially for the older children who are accustomed to being with family members or guardian. In another source, “Children in Foster Care and the Developmental of Favorable Outcomes” by Cynthia V. Healey, she explains that children have become victims in the foster care system no matter if they end up adopted or not. Favorable outcome “were defined as demonstrations of emotions” during the middle of childhood (Children in Foster Care). Millions of children that enter the foster system are under the age six. Six is an essential age for children where at this time they are creating and developing social skills. If they are pulled away from who they are comfortable with into the care of total strangers they become shelled in. Children need someone they know and …show more content…

In the article,”Youth in Foster Care: An Examination of Social, Mental, and Physical Risks” by the Department of Applied Psychology, it is proven that if there is a hard time leaving the home the child lives in the harder it is to become comfortable with new people in a new home. It is especially hard for children with “different life experiences compared to their peers” (Youth in Foster Care). Even as an adult it is hard to relate to other people with different experiences than you. Some have encountered more struggles and accomplishment than others and as children they do not know how to respond to issues without proper guidance. If a child does not have proper communication skills “ Without social skills and a lack of education foster children can fall into hard times and will have a hard time recovering from

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