Foster care in america

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Foster Care In America a
large percentage of homeless people were in orphanages or foster homes
as children. This is because when a foster child turns eighteen they
are no longer under the care of the foster care system. Children in
over-crowded foster homes are moved about two times a year. Many are
abused and neglected and only few find reassurance in school. With so
many children underthe state’s care the foster care system is giving
out children to any foster parent willing to take. Each child has their
own caseworker who is in charge placing the child in a home and
checking up on them. Many times the case workers are so overwhelmed
with children that they ignore abuse. The foster care system was
created so that children in a bad home could go into a more loving homeunder the state’s care. Many times their new homes are just as bad as
or even worse than the homes they were taken from. With today’s
economic problems it’s difficult for anybody to get by. Many foster
children in America are aged out of foster care and are forced to
become adults before they are ready. Some find a distant relative or
friend to live with, few end up in a university, and many areleft in
the streets to fend for themselves without really knowing how to. The
foster care system is flooded with children needing better homes so the
foster care systems have to make room, thus creating an inconvenience
for the children who don’t return to their parents, family, or are
adopted by the age of eighteen. About 60% of children in foster care
have mental health issues so many ofthem end up in foster care until
they are sent to mental hospitals where they live for the rest of their
lives or until a relative willing to take them is found. When the
biological parents lose jurisdiction over their child they cannot have
them back even if the original problem for which the child was taken is
fixed. This means that even more foster children are aging out of
foster carebecause there is no one who wants them or who can take them
in. The foster care system should allow the biological parents to
always have jurisdiction over their child until they are adopted,
always with the child’s consent. Foster homes where created so that
children in a bad home could go under that states care into a more
loving home for a short term until a permanent placement could bearranged. These children have had various types of foster parents, some
kind, a few quirky, and some as wicked as fairy-tale witches. In the
book Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes- Courter, Ashley
retells her life in foster care from the age of four where she and her
brother, Luke, were put into foster care. “I trembled as I watched Mrs.
Moss press Luke’s clenched cheek with her thumband forefinger, making
him look like a fish. With her other hand, she forced a bottle of hot
sauce between his pursed lips. As he gasped for air, the hot sauce
splattered his face and ran down his shirt. The more he spit out, the
more Mrs. Moss poured in. His turn had come.” (Rhodes-Courter 90) Just
like many children in foster homes, Ashley and her brother had been in
foster homes wherethey had been abused and neglected. Most times their
own caseworkers did not believe the children insisting that they were
lying or just completely ignored the accusations on the fact that there
was nowhere else to put the children. This is not a unique case in the
foster care system. Studies have shown that 25% of adults who had been
in foster care between the ages of 14-18 had a higher rateof post
dramatic stress disorder than the 12-13% of Iraq war veterans and 15%
of Vietnam War veterans. Because the foster care system had been
overseeing conditions in foster homes the children who had been living
in them are now suffering many years later. The foster care system
should have stricter rules as to where a child should be placed and the
regulations for becoming a foster parent...
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