Lenette Azzi-Lessing discusses the topic of the potential harms of being a foster care child in this modern era. She also discusses the issues that some states are facing because the don’t keep an eye on watchlisted parents for child protection. Lessing uses statistics to tell the reader how relevant this issue is in everyday life. In 2014 how 64,300 children had been in the foster care system for 3 years or more. She also states that “What happens to youths raised in our chaotic and dysfunctional foster care system? The outlook for most is grim, given their histories of broken relationships and unstable educational experiences. They are far more likely to become teen parents, be chronically unemployed, and spend their lives in poverty than other young people.” That the effect of a child not being taken out soon enough or the constant moving of the child could have lasting effects. It is better to take the children out earlier because in the long run it will be better for the child. Azzi-Lessing is a Associate Professor at a renowned College in Boston (Wheelock College).
Jeanette M Scheid is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in East Lansing, Michigan who wrote an article in 2016 about child maltreatment and the foster care systems flaws. She starts right off in her article using statistics to back up her reasoning of why she is writing this. Even though foster care children has dwindled down in 2005 by about 150,000 the lasting effects on the children are present from ages 2-14 ¨The prevalence of both medical and mental health problems among children in foster care is high. One study of children in foster care aged 2 to 14 years identified nearly 50% with clinically significant mental health problems.¨as seen in this quote the presence of and amount of medical and mental health problems are higher than normal in the lives of these kids, but these issues are not only present in children the problems are also present in teens as in ¨42% had at least one mental health disorder; of these, nearly one-third had 2 disorders and one-fifth had 3 disorders.¨ these problems are found 2-3 times higher than non-foster care and non-victimised children. Some of these victims or children have been seen with medical and mental health problems. The three children stories listed in this article have been now officially diagnosed with a variety of medical and mental health issues due to maltreatment or any abuse done to them.
This site tells the reader about all the different aspects of foster care and how this system works as well as saying what effects this process has on children.If you are thinking about adopting research the FAQs and learn as much as you can before you do An increasing number of states view foster care and adoption as a continuum and are establishing policies that encourage parents who are considering adoption to be foster parents first. For example, some states require that families seeking to adopt also take foster parent training and get approved to foster.” This quote says that people who are thinking about adopting are advised to try fostering children first, because if you don’t like the process you can’t necessarily give that child back. However if you don’t like the Fostering of a child you can always have the option of backing out.
ABC news tells us about Foster care and how many unfortunate children are in that system how it has improved and how it still has it’s problems. “Each week, nearly 60,000 children in the United States are reported as abused or neglected, with nearly 900,000 confirmed abuse victims in 2004. About 520,000 of those children end up in foster care each year -- double the number 25 years ago. Approximately 800,000 children every year come in contact with the foster care system.” (ABC news).
In this article author Ginger Kadlec touches on why foster care children are more likely to become criminals, become homeless, be unemployed, and could become addicted to drugs or alcohol this tends to happen because the children who are in or who have been put there have more than likely experienced trauma in their lifetime either with birth parents or moving around too much due to issues with the foster family or foster care system itself. While foster care does provide help for children in need, the end results leave much to be desired.The real question is how can we as America improve this system in the future.