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The New York Foster System

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Mgd 120 foster care ppt

  2. 2. What is Foster Care? <ul><li>Foster care is a safe place to be if a child cannot live with his/her family or on their own. Children enter foster care because of neglect, abuse, a family crisis, or the child's acting out at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster care is meant to be temporary. </li></ul><ul><li>Children are encouraged to maintain contact with their families, until they can be reunited. </li></ul><ul><li>While the child is out of the home, Social Services is working to provide services so that the child can return to his parents. </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Foster Parents” <ul><li>Family members and other persons close to the child are contacted to see if they can give a permanent home to the child. </li></ul><ul><li>If not, then individuals and families that are not related to the child are then sought to foster the child/children. These individuals are noticed by the term “ foster parents ” </li></ul><ul><li>Foster parents are used to help children grow by providing them with stability, affection, consistency, and nurturing. Sometimes foster families are asked to provide permanent foster care or to adopt the child in their care.  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Current Status of the NY Foster Care: <ul><li>In 2009 there were 24,605 children in foster care in New York State. </li></ul><ul><li>55% of the children were discharged </li></ul><ul><li>45% were left in the system </li></ul>
  5. 5. Current NY State Statistics
  6. 6. Nationwide Outlook on Children, Entering and Exiting Foster Care <ul><li>On September 30 th 2008: </li></ul><ul><li>463,000 children were in foster care </li></ul><ul><li>273,132 children entered </li></ul><ul><li>285,196 children exited </li></ul>
  7. 7. Trends in Foster Care 2002-2008
  8. 8. The Reality <ul><li>When you look t the statistics you would think this system is so great, but is it really? </li></ul><ul><li>Children in foster care move around sometimes on average 2- 8 times a year to a new home or facility </li></ul><ul><li>Some are broken up from their family and they never see them again – siblings separated </li></ul><ul><li>There are: </li></ul><ul><li>High incidences of abuse </li></ul><ul><li>High incidences of runaways </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in homeless children, most from runaway cases </li></ul><ul><li>High drop out rates from Middle and High school </li></ul><ul><li>Worst case scenario – the child spends their whole life in the system! </li></ul><ul><li>The data talks about the children coming in and out, but what happens to the those that re-enter each year? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Development Concerns <ul><li>More than 500 000 children are in foster care in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Most of these children have been the victims of repeated abuse and prolonged neglect and have not experienced a nurturing, stable environment during the early years of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Such experiences are critical in the short- and long-term development of a child's brain and the ability to subsequently participate fully in society. </li></ul><ul><li>Children in foster care have disproportionately high rates of physical, developmental, and mental health problem and often have many unmet medical and mental health care needs. 10 Pediatricians, as advocates for children and their families, have a special responsibility to evaluate and help address these needs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What’s needed! <ul><li>Pediatricians and other professionals with expertise in child development should be proactive advisors to child protection workers and judges regarding the child's needs and best interests, particularly regarding issues of placement, permanency planning, and medical, developmental, and mental health treatment plans. </li></ul><ul><li>The screening process of foster parents needs to be more in depth. </li></ul><ul><li>More case workers are needed! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some Cases are Good Some not so good
  12. 12. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau,