Foster care is a complex topic. Most people do not fully understand what foster care is. David Pelzer, a foster child and author, says that he is always grateful to “The System,” which many in society criticize (Pelzer 305). “Children aged birth to twenty-one may need foster care for just a few days, or may be in placement for longer than a year” (www.fostercare.com). People should be educated on what foster care is, what it is like, and how to help.
Attachment issues can cause physical problems, such as failure to thrive, as well as emotional disorders like depression, failure to form attachments to caregivers, or mental-health disturbances. The more times a child is moved, the less likely he is to form secure attachments. Between 33 and 66 percent of foster-care arrangements are disrupted during the first two years, reports developmental psychologist, Brenda Jones Harden in "Safety and Stability for Foster Children," an article published in the winter 2004 issue of the journal The Future of Children. Kids with attachment issues might be distrustful and suspicious, unable to follow rules, or appear to have no sense of guilt over their behavior. Some attach too easily to any adult that try tries to care for them, but on a shallow level and to meet their basic
While the United States may be one of the world’s wealthiest nations, teens today face myriad of social, personal, educational and financial problems that impede their development, such as Child poverty, inadequate educational attainment, inadequate health care, parental separation and divorce, foster care system, abuse and neglect, and coping with the modern world. (Siegel p.3) As our book discuss child poverty escalated rapidly since the 2000’s, poverty has risen for every age , gender, and race/ethnic group. With the most severe living among poverty the nation’s youngest families (adults under 30) and even more with those families who have more than one child living in the home. (Siegel p4). Approximately 14 – 16 million children in America
They are not only in the streets unsupervised and left alone in the against the world, but they are at risk for depression, suicide, drug use, and even death. The amount of children that suffer from these consequences are large, sources have shown that twenty to thirty percent of homeless youth are arrested and part of this is due to a big piece of the population of teens that sell drugs to get by. As for depression and suicide, over sixty-one point eight percent of children that are homeless reported being depressed and there is an estimated five thousand homeless teens die each year due to a mixture of assault, illness, and suicide. Knowing these facts and statistics are important so that there can be more awareness as well as prevention for and about homeless youth. This would help keep more youth off the street and have more productive members in different communities.
New parents are hard to accept, especially when the child has been passed home to home. These attachment issues may restrict the child from moving forward in their lives and excelling in the new environment provided (Robin). The lack of stability in the system is only setting up the children up for failure, according to Stone, “we treated foster children as if they were our own, yet many of them never felt as if they were.” It is difficult for young children and adolescents to comprehend the separation of their parents let alone the process of moving to multiple foster homes while under the guardianship of the state. Other children mask their hesitation at being attached to a family by letting others see only what they want to see. The children are attached, but only on a “superficial level” (Robin).
I am the oldest child in the family so I have grown up with younger siblings and cousins. I want to care for these children whose parents were not able to take care of them. I want to give them love and be there to comfort them until court is over for that child. Children are very special to my heart. I love to see them laugh, play, learn, and grow.
This film shows the reality of individuals who are homeless and suffer from a mental health issue. Nathaniel had lost contact with his family, after he started to experience mental health symptoms. He also moved away from where his family lived. While the constant high levels of stress among the homeless is shown, what they do not show is whether he is homeless, because of his mental health disorder or from an environmental factor. I think from a sociology perspective, one of the biggest contributors of the mentally ill homeless population is the deinstitutionalization that has occurred from the government's failure to provide adequate housing and social services.
For instance, a study published in 2009 discusses the importance of understanding the different aspects of this population in order to effectively help end youth homelessness. The study notes that are two typical forms of youth homelessness: children living in homeless families and unaccompanied youth. The first group, children living in homeless families, is essentially children who “live in families without a home” (Aratani, 2009, p. 4). Unaccompanied youth, then include those who are runaways, throwaways, and independent youth who have no contact with their family. Additionally, there is a multitude of factors that have been known to contribute to homelessness.
Even though Wes’s mother worked a lot and couldn’t always supervised Wes, there were other alternatives or programs that she could have put Wes into in order to help keep him occupied and possibly stay away from the negative influences. Wes could have been participating in after school programs, sports, or attend the local YMCA or big brother clubs in his community. These programs could have kept Wes busy but also spent time with positive role models that could have helped him get motivate and show him the right path and provide him the tools and skills to do better and be better. There are programs that the schools or even diversion programs that are developed to teach children discipline, respect, leadership, and other skills to become a better individual and tools in place to help improve their life as well. Wes’s mother could of also try to put Wes, or the entire family into family therapy in order to learn ways to develop a strong support for Wes and even the family in general.
Family crisis has caused the social control in children to be neglected. Parents who often argued will not be able to nurture and educate their children properly. This situation becomes worst when the parents are busy with the tasks at office until they ignore their responsibilities to watch over their children’s behavior. Social problems among teenagers become an increasingly worrying phenomenon that teenagers go through such as early pregnancy, suicidal and drug abuse. However, there are many helpful organizations trying to overcome the social problems among teenagers.
However, children and adolescents are deeply underserved and often remain unseen. Four children die from maltreatment everyday, and neglect cases are on the rise. Often times, these are attributed to poverty. According to the 2005 census, 17.6% of children are living in poverty. The rate increases to 42% for children raised by single mothers (DeNavas-Walt, 2010).
It is stated that thirty-eight percent of homeless people abuse alcohol and twenty-six percent abuse drug. Some drug addicts and alcoholics become addicts when they are homeless already. However, some become homeless because of being dependent on drugs and alcohol most of their lives. Since they are dependent on drugs and alcohol their family will give up trying to help them, leaving them homeless and without any way of getting help. There are over forty-seven thousand American veterans who are homeless and seventy percent of those veterans are suffering from some form of mental illness.
Jonathan Kozol’s book explores the impoverished community of Mott Haven. The children interviewed in the community have had little exposure to the world outside of the South Bronx. Without anything to compare their situation to, they tend to accept and attempt to live out their childhood, playing and making new friends in the direst of circumstances. The children interviewed often discussed their religious views and their relationship with God. Children in privileged communities tend to look to their parents to help them when they are in trouble or feel confident their parents will be able to fix any situation.
Again, supporting the butterfly effect the children are not showing responsibility or a good work ethic. Nearly one half children in foster care in U.S. become homeless when they turn eighteen. One if every ten foster child stays in foster care longer than seven years. Each year about 15,000 reach the adult age and leave the system without a permanent family—many join the ranks of the homeless or to commit crimes and be imprisoned
One in 3o children are experiencing homelessness in the U.S. There are three main reasons why children are homeless in America. Lack of affordable housing, poverty and domestic violence who are living in homeless families. Over 1.5 million children live in families without homes, among those are 42 percentage under age 6 , 47 percentage are African American and 2 percent of the American Indian and Alaska native culture. The typical profile for a homeless family is a single mother in her twenties with two kids.