Homelessness in Children Homelessness in children is a serious widespread problem that causes vulnerability and anxiety in children due to the lack of stability in life. Children without permanent homes are also more susceptible to severe and chronic health problems. In the novel Dicey’s Song the journey of four young children who were neglected by their mentally ill mother and forced to fend for themselves is described. The plot examines the challenges the Tillerman children faced while being homeless, and issue that still exists today. Therefore, in the novel Dicey’s Song Cynthia Voigt explores the issue of homelessness in children, and issue that is still significant in today’s society.
Many children throughout the United States are born into abusive families. These children have had life experiences that youth their age should not have to endure. This is when the state steps in and takes children away from their families. The child welfare system often places children in the foster care. Unfortunately, the foster care system is not always as helpful as it appears to be.
While other kids their age are still getting help from a parent or guardian. As a result, these adolescents experience psychological trauma, financial instability, which both combined to yield a vicious cycle of foster care. Psychological Trauma Before turning 18, kids in the foster care system already experience a plethora of traumatic instances. As a result, a significant mental health risk among kids in foster care is PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Foster parents can also provide the love and support that these children need especially if they came from an abused or neglected home. According to (Hasenecz, 2009) there have been several shocking stories about children being abused and neglected while in foster care or even worse reports of social workers who knew of the abuse and neglect and failed to report it or do anything about
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to discuss and explain the daunting task of a case manager in the foster care system. Foster care children can be from the ages of infant to their teens. The state removes the children from their parents or families due to abuse, abandonment, or parental incar-ceration. Some of them are orphans that are in the custody of the state. Many of them have expe-rienced adversities and exposure to harsh environments at a very young age.
• Psychodynamic Theories The Psychodynamic theory explains child abuse as a “parental dysfunction.” Followers of this theory such as B.F. Steele (1987) stated that ‘the abusive parents submit their children to traumatic experiences similar to those they had endured during childhood.” Therefore, child abuse is explained as a cycle due to the parent having experienced such behaviours from their parents as a child, hence now displays similar behaviours to their child as a parent. • The Sociological Theories There has been much agreement with Steele’s approach, however, it has been criticized to the extent that abuse against children is not necessarily only due to the parents’ experiences as a child but the abuse of children can also be as a
This article states that two of the primary reasons why children are in foster homes are because of child abuse and neglect. This article provides statistics as to how many children are found to be mistreated and how many are moved from their homes to be placed in foster care. It explains that therapeutic group homes are necessary when the child’s behavior or emotional problems are severe. The majority of the children in foster homes are there from when they are just born to age one. Another group that are one of the subgroup that grow the fastest in the foster homes are adolescents.
Attachment is very important in a child’s life, but if a child is not attached to anyone it can make their future very hard. “Abused and neglected children (in or out of foster care) are at great risk for not forming healthy attachments to anyone. Having at least 1 adult who is devoted to and loves a child unconditionally, who is prepared to accept and value that child for a long time, is key to helping a child overcome the stress and trauma of abuse and neglect,” Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption and Dependent Care (2000). Developmental Issues for Young Children in Foster Care. AAP News & Journals Gateway.
When the situation is calm, the abused person may be hopeful that the situation will change. Then, tensions begin to build, and the cycle starts again. Intergenerational violence A common aspect among abusers is that they witnessed abuse in their childhood, in other words, they were participants in a chain of violence. It is observed that abusers had witnessed one form of abuse or the other at different times. Intergenerational cycles of domestic violence range from the abused children who later became parents and behave as such to their children, to the abused newly married wife who was abused by her mother-in-law and she, in turn, abuses her son's wife in later