Foster Care Case Study

Currents Solutions
Children being deemed unadoptable is a national problem that needs to have a better solution set in place. “Congress in 1993 gave $1 billion dollars to help troubled families” This money was also supposed to be used to help courts improve the way that foster care and adoption court cases were handled. This proved to be inefficient because in 1997 another solution was set in place to help foster get adopted, the solution that was set in place was made by President Clinton. The President in Tom Price’s article Child Welfare Reform says, “no child should be uncertain about what a ‘family’ or a ‘parent’ or ‘home’ means” (2005, p.8). So the solution was called the 1997 Adoption and Safe families Act, this solution was created
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When these children are adopted they should be able to set aside the past burdens that they have and move forward with a new healthy lifestyle. However most of the time this is not the case, because the child welfare system has strict policies when it comes to foster children being adopted. Also many adoptive families are already burdened by the strain of their foster child having emotional problems Many foster and adoptive families according to and are burdened even more with so many rules and regulations. One solution that could be proposed to combat stress and the inability to deal with such straining environments, is to train the potential adoptive families. When foster and adoptive families are deciding to adopt a child they should be trained so they know how to look for emotional disturbances and learn the best way to go about solving the emotional needs of the child. In the article by Molly Murphy Garwood, PhD and Wendy Close, MA, “mean scores for the adaptive behavior scale of children in foster care is more than one standard deviation below the norm.” This means that children who are in foster care have a more difficult time adapting to their surroundings. It is the adoptive parents’ job to be able to deal with the emotional behaviors their child has. This can only be done if the potential adoptive parents are taught terminology such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder, RAD (reactive attachment disorder), ADD (attention deficit disorder) and how these disorder affect their children as well as knowing where to go and how to deal with these disorders and the behaviors that these disorders cause. Adoptive families should also learn coping mechanisms such as singing to the foster child, teaching the child to punch a punching bag, when the child is having an outburst caused by the emotional disorders. Emotional disorder is a life long struggle which can be better

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