The Truth About Foster Care Essay

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After the television became a family household item, Americans celebrated the traditional family. Everywhere a person looked, they would find the typical husband and wife with 2.5 children. Even presidential candidates oozed the essence of a perfect family (Coontz, 2011). Even though the traditional family is changing, one opponent stands to challenge the picture-perfect family: foster care. The concept of placing a child who has suffered from abuse or neglect is not new. In 1853, Loring Brace took notice of the increased number of children living on the streets and thus began the first non-profit foster home (Chittom & Wagner, n.d.). Research shows that 399,436 children were in foster care during 2012. Over one-fourth of those children …show more content…
As the system evolved, many terms also developed to describe foster care and the children who
TRUTH 4 are apart of the system. The main reason why foster care is even important is because of child abuse and or neglect. Child abuse is when a child suffers from any physical or sexual injury. Child neglect often goes hand-in-hand and it happens when a legal guardian fails to provide for the necessities of a child. After someone notices abuse or neglect, child welfare agencies are then contacted. The most common department would be the Department of Children's Service, or DCS. Their job is to evaluate if a child is being taken care of properly. After it is decided a child must be placed in care, a judge will decide if the parent's rights should be terminated or if the child should be reunited. Termination of parental rights (TPR) is when the legal guardian's rights are revoked. If the judge orders reunification, programs are started with the family to assure a successful unification (Chittom & Wagner, n.d.). By creating DCS, society is admitting that children are being abused in their perfect family and need to be removed from their homes. Equally important is how children end up in foster care.
Abused children will not announce to the world that they are being abused; they rely on others to help them escape a life of abuse. An authorized reporter, such as a teacher,

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