Foster Care Research Paper

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The Need for Proper Resources for Post-Placement Youths All over the world, individuals and families are faced with the harsh and often sad reality that not all parents are able to care for their children. Although this reality is hard to face, the foster care system is in place to provide help and support during this time. Foster care helps children in situations where they cannot be cared for by their biological parents. Numerous reasons can lead to a child being placed in the system; however, no matter the reason, each situation displays the need for an alternative care system. Now that the foster care system is in place to provide immediate help to struggling families, the need for resources and support upon exiting the foster care system …show more content…
Foster care provides a safe and supportive environment for children whose birth parents cannot raise them, as well as physical care and access to both medical and educational services. However, this is not intended to be a permanent situation. In fact, there are many types of placements that are available to children placed in foster care. These placements can “be short, medium, or long term and can be provided by social services, independent fostering agencies, extended family (kinship care) or through private agreements with non-relatives”(Lipscomb and Russell). Because there are many styles of placements, each child is able to receive the type of help and placement that they need. In the same way that there are many styles of placements for children in the foster care system, there are also many types of outcomes that could result post-placement. For individuals placed in the system, “foster care can result in either adoption, a long period of placement terminating in return home, placement for the duration of childhood with little …show more content…
However, these programs are drastically under used. One of the greatest challenges that many of these individuals face comes with finances, both banking and budgeting. First off, “most youth leaving foster care do not have a bank account”, but even more than that, many of them have “reported having difficulties with budgeting” (Paul-Ward and Lambdin-Pattavina 3). The struggles that these people are facing with housing, finances, and other day to day needs like education and jobs opportunities, could be alleviated if the right kinds of support were offered to them both prior to and upon aging out. A resource that has recently come into discussion as a form of support for struggling individuals whom age out of the foster care system is occupational therapy. Occupational therapy practitioners have traditionally not been a part of foster care programs. However, if they do become a part of the system in the years to come, they “are ideally suited to address [the] needs” that foster children and youths face (Paul-Ward and Lambdin-Pattavina 3). Occupational therapy could play a vital role in helping the progress of individuals who have aged out of the system. It is “based on the understanding that meaningful occupations and activities, with their inherent power to maintain, restore, and transform one’s

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