What is Foster Care?
A shame to Society, disappointing, and abusive. That is what a lot of our human brains think about when hearing the words Foster care. Like it is a part of society that should be hush hush. Now picture a child that lives in fear, in a world that when going home they don’t think of joyful experiences. ones like coming home to warm and loving hugs from someone who loves them very deeply. We all have hear the words foster care but many just know it by the stigma that is associated with it “It makes troubled kids”, “abuse and drugs” . In the state of Utah alone we have over 2,700 kids that come into our foster care system, with most battling neglect. (Utah Foster care) Now if you were to ask someone off the street questions about our system today, most would have no answer for you. The foster care system is an embedded part of our society and without it we would see a lot more fatalities within our younger generations. But the system has become an unknown place that is look down on and within our own society we have no idea of what it really in tells for the Children that are being places into homes they have never been before. So what really is Foster care and how does it effect our children we place into the system daily? http://utahfostercare.org/
(Short video about a child's preservative in the foster system https://www.togetherwerise.org/)
In the united States the foster care system started up in the 19th century because of the huge amount of children in New York City that lived in the slums and didn’t have a family to care for them, leaving them alone to figure out our world at ages no one should be by themselves. The only thing children should be worried about is if they get to play outside on that given day. But with that it then started an organization funded by Charles Loring Brace called The Children’s Aid Society. This brought on a huge concept that would move throughout countries to help provide for children all over the world. And come to what we now know of foster care today.
Fast forward a couple hundred years and foster care is still being implicated today and is now bigger then ever, with over half a million children in the U.S alone placed in our systems making it a very important piece in our world. (How Foster Care Works) It has stayed but the conditions have changes over the years with how we expect our the children to be treated. And we now have a greater understanding of the impact we have on young adolescents through their environment, social and behavioral treatment. We understand that those aspects helps shaped their development in their future and gives huge impact on their mental health when going into adulthood later on in life. Foster care is still ran by our government but it is based on each states government laws. And while the government makes the regulations on the right way foster care has to be ran and what needs to be done to run it, it’s the organizations running the foster cares that do the majority of all the work that needs to be done to run a foster care organization. Without the organizations many pieces of the puzzles that fit into foster care would be left out because our governments can only do so much with the time they have spending on the subject of foster care, that is why these organization were made to spend more time focused on the children.(How Foster Care Works) http://people.howstuffworks.com/foster-care1.htm
Over the years there has been many adaptations throughout the system, a important one is the ways that helps manage how children can be placed into the system. With looking at the graph below the main placements are relative 25%, non-relative 47%, and institutions 10% Within the relative foster family homes you see placements of Kinship care where children are places within a family/friend home that was on request by Social services, the children will know who they are living with and already have a built relationship between them most of the time. (Types of Foster care ) And Respite is another form that is used to give breaks to families that have foster children to have space and time alone. Relative foster families are not as common as one would think. The goal is to be able to reconnect the families back together, but sometimes that it not possible meaning most are place into a family home that doesn't have any connection to the child.
Bring into the placement type of the Non-relative family homes it has a host of many different types of placement starting with private foster care that takes place when the children are looked after by someone unknown that they will be with more then 28 days. (Types of Foster Care) There is also the use of long and short term foster care. Long term is for placement in which the child cannot be adoption out and need placement, while short term means to only have the child for a short period of time meaning days or weeks long. Those are only a some of what types of placements are out there. But children who go and live with families that don’t have a connection with are the most common because many are suffering from neglect. It is families that get licensed and are willing to take in children that make up most of the foster care community. Taking in children they don’t have affiliations with them and they can range for young children to growing teenagers. Thttp://www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net/fostering/types-of-foster-care
Foster care is in place for the well being of children who have bare witness to emotional or physical abuse or neglect. With more understand of how the system works and the ways a child can be places into foster families, it is important to remember in each setting that a child is placed into, treatment should be a fundamental step in the placement process. Because many children that are in foster care are moving around home to home. This means developing a mental health problem is more inclined to happen because if they don’t receive treatment the inconsistent lifestyle can lead to complications later in adulthood. To get a better idea of mental health issues within foster care, it effects up to 80% of the children placed homes. When you look at the population and the fact that mental health only effect 18–22 %(Mental Health and Foster Care) Shows that 80% is huge in comparison, meaning we need to make sure children are getting the help they need in foster care. http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/mental-health-and-foster-care.aspx
Foster care is a complex system that has different sides and is hard to navigate around without having knowledge of what happens throughout the children's life, but also not knowing the basics of what it in tells to be in it or around it. But with education of how this system works we as a society can come together and stand up for the children that will someday be the bosses to the younger generations, who will be the ones voting for the president of our country. With the understanding of the background of these children and the understanding of mental health disorders, that way we will know how to handle these situations before they develop into something much worst. These children are our future and we should be informed of how our foster care works instead of the stigma behind it. Foster care isn’t going away anytime soon so the understanding of why it is so important should be places into the generations coming to and the ones who are already here.