Essay on Foster Care Is Not A Place For Juvenile Delinquents

831 Words Mar 20th, 2016 4 Pages
INTRODUCTION Can you take a minute and imagine what it would be like to be taken away from your family, friends, possibly out of the school you were attending, and everything you have ever known? Imagine leaving behind everything that was important to you, like the security of your family, your favorite blanket, or even your favorite stuffed animal that provided you comfort when times were tough. I know what this is like firsthand. Then think about being put into a home with a set of strangers who are now acting as your parents. This home is called a foster home and is part of the foster care system. The foster care system is a temporary arrangement that allows another adult to take over the care of a child whose biological family cannot look after the child any longer. Foster care is not a place for juvenile delinquents, it is a place for children whose biological parents can no longer for a wide array of different reasons can no longer care for them. Foster care is generally arranged by going through the court system and having the social services agency involved, however it can also be arranged within a family.
BACKGROUND
In the United States sadly hundreds of thousands of children are placed into the foster care system. On any given day, there are approximately 402,000 children living in foster care in the United States. In 2013 over 640,000 children had spent time in the foster care system. Most of these 640,000 children will spend at least two year in the foster…

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