Issues In Foster Care

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There are many policies that are implicated into foster care. These policies are made with the best interest of foster children in mind. The policies solely exist to keep foster children safe, but are they enough? One policy that is implicated in the foster care system is the assurance of safety and well-being of children in foster care. This policy is called the Adoption and Safe Families Act. The policy states that the health and safety of young children are a priority in foster care. Abused and Neglected children are being protected from unfit caretakers. This policy also suggests a solution to speedy adoption and providing services to reunify foster children with their families when it is safe to do so. (Curtis, 2009) The Adoption and …show more content…
Kinship Care is the proper term for the policy. Kinship Care allows a child to live with a foster family that is closest to being related to them such as an aunt or grandparent. (Heger, …show more content…
This is because for children to relocate to the closest relative’s home, the child may have to uproot their entire lives. A child who lived in Mississippi their entire lives, with people they have grown up around and are used to, may have to leave the state to live in New York. This would be a problem because the child may think of the relative as a stranger and that big of a dramatic change in cultures could be a shock to them. This would cause the child to become unhappy. The policy should add room for allowing exceptions to be made to the child living with a person or relative that is close to them physically and mentally, not just through a blood line. This Kinship Policy is justified in many ways. One way is, through this policy, children will be able to stay within their family. The children’s culture and beliefs are ensured to be reinforced through the relative. The relative is also someone that the parents can feel more comfortable with the kids being taken care of by someone they trust. The relative will also be more likely to know the needs and wants of the child while fostering them. (Heger,

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