Foster Care: Protecting Bodies but Killing Minds

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Throughout America there are hundreds of thousands of children in foster care. These children in foster care have disproportionately high rates of physical, developmental, and mental health problems (Issues). Most of these troubles are caused by the lack of attachment to the foster parents. With the shortage of time at a new house, these children do not bond with the foster parents. Some foster parents are willing to keep the children as long as necessary, but others are selfish and are in the program just for the money. This here is an example of why many children’s health is often neglected while in foster care (Issues). Children who enter foster care due to child abuse and neglect are entering an environment that is not the right type of support. According to the Department of Family and Protective Services: “When children have to be placed outside their homes, and there is not an appropriate non-custodial parent or relative willing and able to care for them and there are not any close family friends that the court can give temporary legal possession, the court will ask Child Protective Services (CPS) to place the child in a temporary foster care setting.” In order to become a foster parent you must: be trained and verified by the CPS, you must receive a license from the Residential Child-Care Licensing (RCCL), and you must be verified by the RCCL. Most children in foster care have never had the nurturing stable environment, without this a child’s brain does not have the sensibility to participate in society (Issues). If one child does not know how to participate in society and grows up in an unstable household, then they have a very slim chance of being able to support them. Instead they will guide themselves down the p... ... middle of paper ... ...y Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Early Childhood, 2000. 15 May 2011. Web. DFPS. “DFPS-Foster Care.” DFPS- Texas Department of family and Protective Services. 2011. 20 May 2011. Web. Guillaro, Lori. “Child Abuse Facts and Statistics.” Cardinal McCloskey Services. McCloskey, 2011. 7 May 2011. Web. Kamentez, Kevin. “Facts about Child Abuse.” Baltimore, MD. Kevin Kamentez, 19 Jan. 2011. 6 May 2011. Web. Magnuson, Ed. “Child Abuse: The Ultimate Betrayal.” TIME for Kids. 05 Sep. 1983:7. 6 May 2011. Web. Saison, Joanna. “Child Abuse and Neglect.” Help Guide of Child Abuse. Robert Segal 12 Nov. 2011. 6 May 2011. Web.’ Sgroi, Suzanne. Sexual Abuse Intervention. New York, NY: Free, 1982. Print. Weidner, Steve. “Making Children a Priority.” Child Abuse. Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home, 2010. 6 May 2011. Web.

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