Focus on the Family

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Many people still face oppression, although if you ask some they may try to convince you that we live in a free and equal America. To some extent that is true, but there are always exceptions. A majority of families have minor issues in their lives, and some think that other families must be the same. It’s time for a rude awakening. Children are, in my opinion, one of the most oppressed groups in America; whether it’s by age, or the fact that they depend on guardians who do not properly care for them. “Approximately 800,000 children every year come in contact with the foster care system” (Facts on Foster Care in America - ABC News 1). This can be from neglect, abuse, mistreatment, etc. and these children have almost no way of stopping their abuser. Not only are these children separated from all that they’ve known, but the effects of foster care can be just as damaging; “Bringing children into state care may provide short-term safety, but it carries the risk of longer term psychological harm associated with foster placement instability” (Scott 37).

In the article “Think Child, Think Family” Dorothy Scott tries to raise awareness about the negative effects of foster and state care on children, while also “building the capacity of child-focused services to be ‘child- and parent-sensitive’ (Scott 42). The article is mainly about “How adult specialist services can support children at risk of abuse and neglect” (Scott 1). In this she, as well as other contributors to the article, believe that there will be less negative effects on the family if the services are focused on both parent and child wellness. Many of the negative effects children develop from instable environments are behavioral problems or trust issues, and as they grow ...

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...amily a chance to regain their independence, and to be a more socially functional unit before we step in and do what we think is right for their lives.

Works Cited

"Facts on Foster Care in America - ABC News." Daily News, Breaking News and Video Broadcasts - ABC News., 30 May 2006. Web. 05 Nov. 2011. .

Scott, Dorothy. "Think Child, Think Family." Family Matters 81 (2009): 37-42. Print.

DuBois, Brenda and Miley, Karla Krogsrud. "Social Work." Social Work an Empowering Profession. 7th ed. Boston ; Toronto: Allyn and Bacon, 1996. 1-26. Print. “ Oppression | Define Oppression at | Find the Meanings and Definitions of Words at Random House Dictionary, 2011. Web. 07 Nov. 2011. .
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