How Social Workers And Foster Parents Can Care For Their Adolescents
When it comes to vulnerable populations, children are definitely high on the list. According to the Children’s Bureau, 415,129 children were in the foster care system as of September 30th, 2014. Out of these children, 64, 394 of them were between the ages of 13 and 18 (Children’s Bureau, 2015). This review will explore the ways social workers and foster parents can care for their adolescents, the rights of youth in foster care, how these maltreated children have different needs than most, and two of the resources that are available for these adolescents who are in foster care or that are aging out.
Living in a country with a lot of diversity, social workers must be sensitive to different cultures and their norms and practices. A book about Psychotherapy with children uses Alice in Wonderland for an example of what helping professionals may look like to the people they work with. The authors begin with this quote:
“Where do you come from?” said the Red Queen. “And where are you going? Look up, speak nicely, and don’t twiddle your fingers all the time.” Alice attended to all these directions, and explained, as well as she could, that she had lost her way. “I don’t know what you mean by your way,” said the Queen: “all the ways about here belong to me—but why did you come out here at all?”. (Carroll, Tenniel, & Kredel, 1946)
The importance of this quote is simple: If professionals, such as social workers, push people down for the way that they are brought up…