When children face suffrage, abuse or loss in their homes they are placed into the foster system in which they are either moved to a foster-family, or in a group home. However, these children are not given the support or nourishment they require. People think that once a child is placed into the foster system they are in good hands but most of the time the children never find that happy comfortable home they long for. They are rushed into the process out of desperation, the process in never complete. There are many problems with the system as to why this happens to children,
For one children’s needs are not being paid attention too. They lack the comfort and support to make their new foster home their actual home where they feel safe and loved. Adoption centers and foster homes become over- crowded too easily making it uncomfortable and and harder to adjust for each individual. “ 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.” (Facts on Foster Care, 2017) Foster kids move in and out of the system so frequently they lose and gain so many relationships it can take a tole on a child, especially a child that is in the foster system.
Another problem occurring in the foster system is the lack of reunification. Children go into the foster system without seeing any friends or family again.” Children have on average three different foster care placements. Frequent moves in and out of the homes of strangers can be profoundly unsettling for children, and it is not uncommon to hear of children who have been in 20 or 30 different homes. Many have been separated not only from their parents, but from their siblings.” (Facts on Foster Care.2017) When children are rushed into the process of being put into the foster system, they say goodbye to many friends families, and loved ones. Siblings become separated without seeing one another for months at a time, even indefinitely. Separation from cousins, aunts, or other distant relatives can mean a home to these children. Family is a major factor in this system, without that, the child is left with nothing.
“Aging Out” is another problem or fear foster children may come across. Teens age out of the foster system so quickly and are thrown into adult life whether they are ready or not. Once they are of age of 18, they are on their own. Most of the time teens don’t know what to do or where to turn to. “In 2015, more than 20,000 young people — whom states failed to reunite with their families or place in permanent homes — aged out of foster care, simply because they were too old to remain.” (Foster Care Crisis..2017 ) Half the time teenagers do not know where to go at situations like this. There are left to be independent and alone in the world. Teenagers are left without that proper support to guide them into adulthood. Some fail to gain an education or even fail to find a home and become homeless.
Not only do some foster children fail to reach a successful future, in some cases, foster children even pick up mental disorders. “children in foster care and alumni suffer post-traumatic stress disorder at a rate twice that of veterans of the first gulf war in the early ’90s.” (Fosterclub, 2009) There is some systematic errors in Foster care that could lead children to be mentally scarred. There even is study for a high rate of foster children to be in prison at the time of adulthood. (Fosterclub, 2009)
What seems to be another problem with the foster care system is the rules and regulations it demands. Foster children in the system feel panicked and scared and the countless rules and strictness of a foster care process can make them go at unease or wary of what’s to come. “…children may feel frustrated with the foster care system because they’re constantly under surveillance. There are often a lot of players in the lives of foster children: guardians, advocates, social workers, courts and more.”(6 Problems with the Foster Care, 2016) It is an understatement saying a child will go through a lot in the process of being a foster child, however including them with extra rules, regulations, and paperwork hardly seems fair.
Sometimes it’s not the foster care system that causes these children trauma. It’s the homelife before they enter it. The adoption and foster care process requires loads of paperwork and fail to focus on the real problem of rescuing children for poisoning homes and environments. “In one case, the documents show, three foster children were subjected to years of sexual abuse because the state’s Division of Youth and Family Services failed to remove them from a home in which the father had already been identified as a possible menace by the agency’s investigators.” (New York Times, 2003)
There are several reason as to why the Foster System may be corrupted, it is up to us to decide whether to change that fact and help children across the nation find a loving home they deserve.
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Badeau, Chelsea. “No Kid Should Age Out of Foster Care Alone in American.” FosterClub. FosterClub, Inc., 29 May 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.
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