Many of the placements are done to carry out the systems policies and other placements are done if foster parents don’t meet the child needs. Children are less likely to be moved many times if a foster family is prepared to meet the child 's challenging needs. The foster care system is also in need of more social workers that will ensure that the child is placed in a good family so that they are not moved several times. Plenty of placements are also done if the child is initially placed in short-term care but needs to be moved to long term. However, the more changes a child experiences decreases the chance of them returning home or being adopted.
Have you ever thought about how it feels to be ripped out of the only place that you know as home? To get no explanation of why your parents just did not want you anymore? Not a lot of people think about this. Usually, the only people that do think about this is children that are experiencing or have experienced this problem. The children’s rights website stated that, “On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the United States.”
Although supporters of the foster care system have valid points, this is unfortunately not the case for every child. This system is fraught with a myriad of problems. Opponents point out that the system is overburdened with children in need of a home. For example “ In California...the number of foster youth has tripled in the last 20 years” (TLC 1) and there are not enough families to host them. The children not placed in foster homes are put into group homes which are often underfunded and understaffed.
Advocates of foster care programs are declaring that the need for foster parents is greatly needed. In New Orleans alone there was a ten percent decrease in foster families. In addition, children needing to find a temporary home has increased. Some obstacles affect the outcome of this system, but not many people would guess that environment changes the situation drastically.
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).
I have for some experience with the Foster Care System. I use to provide Foster Care in my own for numerous years for children of all ages. In my opinion, the Foster Care System needs a lot of work, however, the quality of care depending on who the case of a social worker and the Foster parents is for the child. Your provider 's who truly care about the child and really want to make a difference. Then there are those providers who simply do it as a business and for the money. Most of my Foster children were either children I knew or family members, so my investment in their lives was truly base on love and caring for the well-being of the child. I think in the Foster Care System a lot more emphasis need to be placed on plays and the children
Foster care systems are described as a ¨flawed system¨ in which the government is putting the children or child out of sight and out of mind. There is some confusion on whether the system has improved over the years or should be replaced, reformed or eliminated. For example, in the mid-1800s, immigrants came to the United States, and like most people, when they start all over, they have difficulties. Some of these immigrant families lived on the street and both the parents and young children took jobs. They took jobs so they the family could survive a harsh living environment.
Another way to improve the foster system is to have background checks, making sure that the people they hire, and foster parents aren’t abusive and horrible to the kids. The background checks for foster parents or caretakers could save abuse for the kids, and maybe even death, they can help determine whether or not if this is a person they want the kids around. This is shown in an article named, “U.S. Foster Care a Flawed Solution that leads to more Long-Term Problems”, they explain the lives of kids who have experienced awful people they were sent to live with. The author wrote, “Removed from the home of a mentally ill parent… Within months, the mother’s condition deteriorated and the child was killed,” (Stone, 2014).
My cousin and her husband once had a foster child in their home. At first, this child was blind to normal living and was very rude and not trained to normal family living, for example, going to amusement parks, having dinner every evening, sleeping in her own room, etc. These normal family activities really transformed that child within a matter of months. Everyone saw the total transformation in this child. Environmental development and social setting have serious effects on children in the foster care system.
Being a victim of abuse isn’t the only reason why children are placed in foster homes, even if the majority are placed because of that reason. The foster systems has the goal to reunify the biological family, adopt the children out, or in some cases, to terminate the parental rights. According to a few studies, case management is believed to be effective in family reunification, but some believe that more children should be replaced with their families, which means that the state needs to try harder in order to achieve that goal. This helps me to know what the major controversies within this system is.
It’s insane how many foster parents in the US take in foster kids for the wrong reasons. The wrong doings from the foster parents harm the kids emotionally and mentally. This has been happening for a such a long time that it’s not a surprise to hear about this on the news. There’s is a process where they run the foster parent’s background and there’s a social worker who stops by the house but, it’s not enough to ensure the true intentions of the foster parents.
Everybody knows that family is a big concern. It isn’t just family that people are concerned about, it’s about how you treat your family and how your family treats you. There are 428,000 children living in foster care everyday. Instead of being reunified with their families, these children are yearning for somebody who will love and take care of them.
Immigrants make up 61% of low-income neighbourhoods, where they are mostly living in overcrowded or unaffordable housing (Ibid). Immigrants and racial minorities experience great difficulties with finding employment, settlement matters, financial issues, and mental and physical health problems. These concerns inevitably lead to increased stress on parents, straining the needs and well-being of children. It is not a coincidence that Ontario has the highest number of unaccompanied minors in Canada, considering there is a lack of subsidized daycares (Ibid). Canada enforces increased surveillance on immigrant families because of the emphasis on risk management rather than service needs (Ibid).
We saved a child from a life of hardship. Now he calls me “DAD”. This all started when I stood in line at a Wendy's, ordering my spicy chicken sandwich with a chili, and a Diet Coke. We both happened to notice the Dave Thomas poster promoting foster care. I looked at my spouse and commented, “What exactly is foster care?”. “I do not know”, she replied. That sent us on an epic quest that would change our lives forever.