The Pros And Cons Of The Foster Care System

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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 …show more content…
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 care system. Of these children a small percentage will spend between three and five years in the system. Many people think that the children who enter the foster care system are very young, however the average age of a child in the foster care system is nine years old. In 2013 over half of the children in the foster care system were young people of color. “Twenty-four percent of children in the U.S. foster care …show more content…
Termination only happens in extreme cases, as the main goal of the foster care system is reunification of the child with the biological family. When children cannot return home to their families, child welfare systems has to move very quickly to find them alternate homes. The more time that goes by the chances for landing in safe, loving, stable, and permanent homes grow slimmer for foster youth. Many youth will simply age out of the foster care system when they turn 18, without a family and without the skills to make it on their own. In 2013 more than 23,000 youth aged out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being connected to forever families are extremely likely to experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration as adults. In 2013, more than 23,000 young people, who states had failed to reunite with their families or place in permanent homes, aged out of the foster care, only because they were too old to remain in the

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