Foster Care Essay

1427 Words Jun 6th, 2005 6 Pages

An ideal environment for the social, emotional, and developmental growth of children does not always exist in today's society. Family units that have become separated due to family or behavior problems often contribute to delays in these areas. In order to promote continuity in the social, emotional, and developmental growth of children who have been victims of family disruption, children are often removed from the home and placed in foster care. Placement in the foster care system affects children in a unique, individual fashion. The affects of child-care by non-parental custodians, though subjective in nature, have common parameters that must be addressed and examined.
Understanding foster care placement is
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The formation of self-identity occurs between the ages of twelve and nineteen, a crucial period for children whether or not involved in the foster care system. This time of conflicting emotions can be amplified for those in foster care placement. Destructive behavior such as substance abuse, eating disorders, and depression can surface at this age as a result of stress. Children in foster care struggle with emotional issues associated with both their pre-placement and placement environments. They often blame themselves and feel guilty about removal from their home. They experience feelings of helplessness, insecurity and uncertainty about the future. Mixed emotions about attaching to their foster parents and only reluctantly acknowledge positive feelings for their foster parents are often evident.
These children exhibit problems with attachment due to insecurity about continuity in their lives. Foster children are in a state of limbo, grieving for the past and stressing about the future.
Children in foster care are more likely to engage in early sexual experiences, often resulting in unwed parenting. The number of sexual partners also is greater. Rates of delinquency are higher for children who have been in the foster care system. Academic performance is often minimal and sub-standard, resulting in a dependency on welfare in adulthood.
Placement stability is necessary

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