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Keynote for senior graduation project on Foster Care and Foster homes.

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  • Number of foster children in the system as of 2008-2009, ¼ of these children were in relative foster home, which means another part of their family had custody over them. And ½ were in non relative homes which means that they were spending their time and living with total strangers. The reason children go into foster care is due to death of their parents, or a ruling of the parents being unfit at the time.
    The number of children in the foster care system has actually decreased since last years number of 510,000, this is a good sign because it means that parents are being more responsible with their children and themselves. It also could mean that parents are just getting better at hiding the things that they are not supposed to be doing.

  • Half of the children in foster care in 2009 left in about 1 year. Which is not very long at all to be in the system. Some children are in the system fro their entire lives, the average age for a child to leave foster care is 9.5, and the average age to come into foster care as of last year was 7.5.

  • Amount of children in which dies each day from malnutrition, in the care foster system. Reported in 2007, but has not changed since.
    1,486 per year, this was reported from 47 or the 50 states.
    4/5 of these deaths were reported by the children’s welfare committee the other 1/5 was reported by other organizations.
    75% of these deaths were to children ages 4 and and under.

  • This is the medium age for a child in foster care. Most children exit the system by the time they are 18 years old. The medium age for children entering foster care is 7.5 years old, and the medium age for exiting is 9.5 years old. Though 2 years seems like a long time it is not the long to be in the foster system, some children are in their from when they are infants until they turn 18 and can leave on their own. 7.5 years old is also a crucial time from children's development and switching from home to home can really affect this.
  • Number of children in the foster care system diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder in the last 12 months. This is a huge difference from the world’s percentage of people with this disorder of 4%.
  • Post traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat. Seeing how many foster children endure this disorder shows how stressful and harmful not living in a constant home can really be. Though most children get over it when finally in a permeant home, it takes a very long time and be very traumatic.
  • The percentage of abuse that happens in the foster care system. Though 79% of the child abuse cases have nothing to do with foster care 21% is still a high number, especially because these adults are harming some one else’s child that they barley even know. 12.5% of children in foster care have been sexually abused which could affect the way they live for the rest of their lives. The 8.5% were physically harmed or beaten.
  • Percentage of foster children who are at higher risk for human immunodeficiency virus(HIV), then children who are not in the foster care system. These children are more at risk for these virus due to their birth parents doing drugs while they were in the womb. So many other diseases can be caused by parents doing drugs while their child is still in them, and HIV can very well turn into AIDS, yet only 9% of these children are tested for AIDS. These kid’s could live their whole lives without even knowing that they have one of the most serious diseases in the world, and one of the most deadly.
  • Non relative homes- Semi Permeant foster homes, the child is not related to the people they are living with. Children can move as many times as needed in the time that they are in the foster care system. Though some children can get lucky and be with a great foster parent for their entire lives and eventually become adopted by them. Others are not so lucky and can get placed into homes where their are tons of other foster children and the parents are just caring for them the least that they can, to get money from the government.
    Relative foster homes- Children lives with another relatives in the family that are fit to be parents, usually can not see their birth parents unless their is a scheduled visit.
    Institutions-For children who are mentally or physically retarded, and are harder to deal with. These children will spend their adolescence in here or if they get better can be adopted or put into different homes.
    Group homes- Homes where many foster children live and wait to be fostered by another person or for their parents to get their acts together. Very similar to orphanages.
    Pre adoptive homes- Homes where the children stay with the people that are willing to adopt them, even though it is a very long process and could take up to years.
    Trial home visits- Foster child is old enough to make their own responsible decisions and can see if the home that they are staying in, is somewhere where they may liek to stay for a while.
    Runaways- The child has run away from either a foster home or any of the other homes noted above.
    Supervised living- Child lives in a home by themselves, most likely an apartment and is responsible for finding a mentor to supervise them, and check up on them. The mentor then goes back and reports that everything is okay to the child’s social worker.

  • These are the races of children entering the foster care system as of 2008-2009. This percentage changes slightly each year but last year had a major change. African Americans in the foster care system has decreased 4%.
    289,000 children exited out of the foster system into some type of permanent home in 2008-2009.

  • Foster homes are not a permanent place to stay for these children, no matter what type of situation they are in, they could be living in a group home or with another family but the goal is for them to get back with their parents or a relatives.
    The goals are set for the previous guardians of the children because they most likely did something that jeopardized them having custody over their children. If they are still legible to be the child’s guardian then they are monitored by a social worker and if they make the progress needed they can have their children back. This is a very long and slow process, for the foster parents and the birth parents.
    If the birth parents are alive and unfit to be parents a relative or another guardian would usually try to adopt the child to keep them in the family.
    Adoption happens when the birth parents are unfit and their are no relatives for the child to be adopted by, if relatives are fit to be parents they always have first priority to adopt or care for the child. Adoption is a long process in the foster care system and usually takes years.
    Long time foster care is usually for older children or children with disabilities because unfortunately they are unlikely to become adopted.
    Emancipation is when a child kind of divorces their parents. It means that the child no longer belongs to the parents and the parents no long have responsibility over the child. This is hard to receive unless the child is planning to join the military or over the age of 18.
  • Percentage of people who were previously in the foster care system and graduated from high school. These people have been out of the system for years and 46% of them have no type of high school diploma or GED. This is an incredible increase from children who have legal parents of guardians who have dropped out of high school, which was 17%. Most children who drop out, drop out in 9th grade about 35%, 10th grade about 28% 11th grade about 20% and 12th grade about 17%. When having no one to encourage them to do well in life and that not going to school sets a person up for failure, they do not see a need to finish school or find other other things more important.
  • These percentages are of the children in foster system who did graduate from high school. When saying some type of further education this does not mean that the person got any type of degree, it could mean that they went to college for 1 year. The 20.6% who earned degrees includes any type of degree or certificate that you can think of, even 2 year college programs. A vocational degree is a degree that specializes you in your specific field, job or trade, it is usually a 2 to 3 year program. They usually help one earn a specific type of license, certificate, or associated degree. 21.9% of people who had guardians complete a vocational degree, so the foster system is not too care behind. But 24% complete a bachelors degree which is a lot compared to the 1.8%, this is in most cases the case due to financial needs.

  • Though the foster system has its ups and downs it’s meaning is well and no program is going to be perfect, especially one funded by the government.
  • Most foster parents go through long process before even getting approved to be parents, even if their record is squeaky clean, especially in Montgomery county. Most foster parents really do this for the best interest of these unfortunate children, who are just looking to live normal lives. When my step mom and dad had applied to be foster parents it took even longer for them to get approved because when my dad was younger he mad a few pretty bad decisions which still show up on his record today. Even though my step mother can be compared to an angle in the way that she acts and things she does, my father mad it take a lot longer. When it came time that the children’s parents were no longer fit at all, and their was not chance of them getting their children back, my stepmother wanted to adopt the 2 kids. This toook about 2 years because of my fathers record. But thankfully today they have full custody over both of these children.
  • If the birth parents do mess up too many times (depending on what the court systems believe), then adoption to the foster parents becomes the permanent goal if that is what the foster parents wish.
  • These are ways for parents to lose their children to the foster care system, if they keep up with all of their visits and stay clean throughout the whole time that there children arein foster care they can easily get their children back.

  • Children old enough to remember their birth parents usually stay in contact with them throughout their whole foster experience and even through the adoption process. I am lucky enough to have now two adopted brothers as of March 29th, so I can see first hand how 6 year old Mason acts when around both sets of his parents.

  • When Mason would have his scheduled visits with his birth parents he would be so excited on the way there to see them, and then when he got their would seem so distant like he did not want to be there at all. He would call his birth father his first name while talking to him, and his birth mother would quickly correct him and tell him that he is too call Burt daddy not by his first name, because he was in fact his father. Mason did not listen to his mother but when my stepmother would say please call him dad Mason, he would try to listen and call Burt dad which did not last for but a few minutes. Mason then proceeded to run in the kitchen screaming daddy to his foster dad which really got his birth parents angry. Mason seemed confused like he did not know if he could trust his birth parents because they had not taken care of him for the last 3 years and his foster parents had. Then to be told to call someone dad and mom that were not l a mother or father figure in his life at that point, really upset and confused him.
  • Holiday’s when you are living in a foster home is just like having divorced parents. I can relate to this because my parents are divorced and my father is remarried. These foster children spend all of the Holiday’s with their foster parents, and if the court allows it with their birth parents, as long as the foster parents are supervising. So basically on the holidays the foster children split times with all of their loved ones. IN my opinion this is a good way to spend the holiday’s but it is unfortunate for the foster parents because they then have to take out of their family time and go to supervise the time that the children have with their birth families.
  • More to come on this slide when this part of my application comes up on May 1st

  • This is such an amazing opportunity for these parents to really get to know each other and to even meet other parents who are going though the same thing. This is also a great opportunity for the children in the system to talk to one another, (especially the older children) because then they have children that are their ages that they can relate to.

  • Without this system so many more children would be homeless and on the streets. This system gives opportunities to the children and birth parents that they would never have without it. It also gives foster parents a taste of parenting to see if they would like to adopt children or have children of their own. If one is not financially stable enough to have their own children the government also gives money to help support the children. Without these people who care enough to help out these children and parents in need, there would be so many more children in orphanges and living on the streets.
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    • 1. Foster Children and Homes By Jackie Bloemker
    • 2. THESIS STATEMENT Hundreds of thousands of children in the United States foster system are sent to wonderful, caring homes each year, unfortunately many others are sent to abusive homes or sent from house to house trying to find where they are wanted. This subject not only This subject not only affect over 463,000 children each year but needs so much attention due to the amount of children treated unfairly each and every day. This subject is important to me because I have two foster brothers and I would like to inform everybody on what they go through.
    • 3. Personal Relevance  This subject affects my everyday life since my stepmother fosters two children. I wanted to educate myself about this topic to understand where they are coming from and why it took the children so long to warm up. There is more to just switching homes than just changing environment, these children are loosing their parents and everything they once knew, even if it is not permanent.
    • 4. 463,000 Web linkChild Welfare Gateway. "Foster Care Statistics ." Child Welfare Gateway . U.S      Department of Health and Human Services., 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2009.      < foster.cfm>.
    • 5. 1 Year Child Welfare Gateway. "Foster Care Statistics ." Child Welfare Gateway . U.S      Department of Health and Human Services., 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2009.      <>
    • 6. 4 Chernoff, Robin, et al. "Assessing the Health Status of Children Entering Foster      Care." Pediatrics [Illinois] Apr. 1994, 93rd ed., sec. 4: 594-601.      Pediatrics. Web. 1 Dec. 2009.
    • 7. 10 Child Welfare Gateway. "Foster Care Statistics ." Child Welfare Gateway . U.S      Department of Health and Human Services., 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2009.      <>
    • 8. •25.2% McCool, Joey, M.D. " For foster children, unstable placements have higher      healthcare costs." Medical News today 4 May 2004: n. pag. Web. 3 Mar.      2010. <>.
    • 9. What is PTSD? McCool, Joey, M.D. " For foster children, unstable placements have higher      healthcare costs." Medical News today 4 May 2004: n. pag. Web. 3 Mar.      2010. <>.
    • 10. 21 Clausen, June M, et al. "Mental Health Problems of Children in Foster Care ."      Behavioral Science . Ed. Springer Netherlands. 3rd ed. Vol. 7. San      Fransicsco : Director Emeritus , 1998. 283-296. Journal of Child and      FamilySstudies 3. Rpt. of "Mental Health Problems of Children in Foster      Care ." Journal of Child and Family Studies [San Francisco ] 2 Nov. 2004,      7th ed., sec. 3: 283-296. Springer Link .
    • 11. •78 "Identification and Care of HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Infants, Children, and      Adolescents in Foster Care." AAP policy . Committe of Pediatric AIDS , 1      Aug. 2008. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <      content/full/pediatrics;106/1/149>.
    • 12. Residents of Foster Children Non relative homes –47% Relative foster homes- 25% Institutions- 10% Group homes- 8% Pre adoptive homes- 4% Trial home visits- 3% Runaway’s- 2% Child Welfare Gateway. "Foster Care Statistics ." Child Welfare Gateway . U.S      Department of Health and Human Services., 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2009. Supervised living-1%      < factsheets/foster.cfm>
    • 13. Race of Children African American- 29% White/Caucasian- 46% Hispanic- 15% Unreported/Other ethnicities- 10% Child Welfare Gateway. "Foster Care Statistics ." Child Welfare Gateway . U.S      Department of Health and Human Services., 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2009.      < factsheets/foster.cfm>
    • 14. Permanency Goals Reuniting with parents or primary caregivers- 49% Adoption- 23% Relative or guardian- 8% Long time foster care- 9% Emancipation- 6% Child Welfare Gateway. "Foster Care Statistics ." Child Welfare Gateway . U.S      Department of Health and Human Services., 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2009.      <
    • 15. 54% Blome, Wendy Whiting, Ph.D. "What Happens to Foster Kids: Educational      Experiences of a Random Sample of Foster Care Youth and a Matched Group of      Non-Foster Care Youth." Feb. 1997. File last modified on Feb. 1997. PDF      file.
    • 16. POST SECONDARY 42.7% completed some type of further education after high school 20.6% completed a degree/certificate beyond high school 16.1% vocational degrees 1.8% completed a bachelor’s degree Blome, Wendy Whiting, Ph.D. "What Happens to Foster Kids: Educational      Experiences of a Random Sample of Foster Care Youth and a Matched Group of      Non-Foster Care Youth." Feb. 1997. File last modified on Feb. 1997. PDF      file.
    • 17. POSITIVE The foster system saves LIVES!
    • 18. You’ve got a friend in me • Foster parents have to go through a long process in order to apply to take care of foster children • Includes weekly classes • Meetings • When approved- • Random house check ups • Visits to birth family ( when applicable) • If adoption is in the interest of the foster parents, squeaky clean record!
    • 19. Adoption Adoption is NOT the goal for foster children Going back to their parents if they get better is the goal
    • 20. Losing Your Child Drug use Abuse Neglect Not being able to care for your child
    • 21. Birth Parents  In order to get their children back parents must do the following  Get to every scheduled visit on time.  Stay clear of illegal drugs  Keep a constant home  Keep a constant job
    • 22. Application ❖ Ambler foster care ❖ Moon bounce event planned ❖ Selling T-shirts to raise money for the Ambler foster care system ❖ Observing the interactions between my brothers and their birth parents and adoptive parents.
    • 23. Parents Interactions between two sets of parents Confusion while in foster homes Confusion when and if adopted
    • 24. While in foster care • Called his foster father dad and his birth father by his first name. • Did not seem to happy to see his birth parents- sense of abandonment. • Running away from his birth parents.
    • 25. Holiday’s Compared to having divorced parents
    • 26. After Adoption Mason was told to call his step parents mom and dad which he was fine with. Has a little(foster) brother who is 4 years younger that him who is now adopted as well! Interactions with his both sets of his parents at his 7th birthday party!
    • 27. MOON BOUNCE! Event especially for the foster children of Ambler county, to kick of the summer right! T-Shirts on sale Food for sale All proceeds go to the county to plan more events for these children!
    • 28. @ AMBLER COUNTY This is a great opportunity for birth parents to meet or get to know the parents that their children are staying with. A great time for the children The children enjoy usually having both sets of parents around.
    • 29. WHY?! Why foster a child? Gives an opportunity to save a child’s life, even if temporary! Gives foster parents an opportunity to see if they would like to have children of their own. Gives financially struggling parents aid to take care of the children.
    • 30. Bottom Line The foster care system saves lives!