The Need for Change: The Harmful Effects of the Foster Care System

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One of the biggest misconceptions that we have in our country is that foster care is a great thing; well, it’s not. There are so many flaws in our foster care system to even consider it a good idea. With constant reports of abuse, depression, lack of stability, to even the terrible after effects of the foster care system, like homelessness and incarceration; the foster care system hurts more than it helps. Our foster care system is bad for America, but most of all, our children. Chronic abuse and neglect is a huge part of the foster care system. According to the Children's Rights website, “Nearly 700,000 abused and neglected children will spend time in foster care in the United States this year.” Many children find themselves being looked after by a social worker, and eventually into the arms of a new family. The authors of Foster Care Placement, Poor Parenting, and Negative Outcomes Among Homeless Young Adults state that “More than half a million American youth currently [are] in foster homes due to child abuse and neglect,” (Tyler, Kimberly A., and Lisa A. Melander). This is a very terrifying statistic. It’s hard to think that there are that many children in foster care, let alone that over half a million are in the system because of child abuse and neglect. Some have even dealt with abuse before, during, and after foster care (787). This leads me to my first point; if foster care is so great, why are children still having to deal with abuse once they’ve been placed in foster care? Why are children like Krystal Scurry being raped and killed by those who are supposed to be offering better living conditions (Ambrose, Jeanne). Why are little children like Joshua Lindsey being beaten to death by their foster parents (1)? Who is re... ... middle of paper ... ...r. 2014. Child Welfare Information Gateway. "Foster Care Statistics 2012." Foster Care Statistics 2012. N.p., 2013. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. "Facts About Aging Out." Childrens Rights RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Kerrigan, Nancy. "Nancy Kerrigan Sits down with Bob Costas." Interview by Bob Costas. NBC Sports Olympic Coverage. NBC. Sochi, Russia, Feb. 2014. Television. Tyler, Kimberly A., and Lisa A. Melander. "Foster Care Placement, Poor Parenting, And Negative Outcomes Among Homeless Young Adults." Journal Of Child And Family Studies 19.6 (2010): 787-794. ERIC. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. Wells, Melissa, and Melissa Correia. "Reentry Into Out-Of-Home Care: Implications Of Child Welfare Workers' Assessments Of Risk And Safety." Social Work Research 36.3 (2012): 181-195. ERIC. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.

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