I had questions on my outline I could not get the answers to. The people I spoke with who I am already assigned to as their CASA be it kinship caretakers or parents themselves were much less receptive to talking about their experiences than I had hoped for. Both sets Grandparents that I spoke with who are caring for their grandchildren claim to have had a normal upbringing. The parents I spoke to provided conflicting information. This is a very broad subject that I just scratched the surface of.
1. Why do people become Foster Parents?Stacy ZieglerAnthropology 100Alyson Rollins5/26/2013
2. Foster Parents SnapshotLocal Survey of 23 Local Foster Parents, currently in training 30% of potential Foster Parents were providing Kinship Care (KnownFoster Child) 61%Were Non-Kinship providers 9% were open to non-kinship Foster Parenting but were thereprimarily for KinshipNationwide Survey of 76 Nationwide Foster Parents 4% of Foster Parents were providing Kinship Care (Known FosterChild) 92%Were Non-Kinship providers 4% were open to non-kinship Foster Parenting but were thereprimarily for Kinship
3. DemographicsLocal23 Respondents 47% were 31-40 years of age 13% were 21-30 27% were 41-50 13% were 51+ 69% were Female 73% were married. Of the married couples, 87% attended the classes together.Nationwide76 respondents 40% of the respondents were 31-40 29% were 41-50 26% were 21-30 5% were 51+ 92% were Female 85% were married, of the Married couples 83% attended the classes together.
4. Stated Main Reason To FosterLocal 34% were providing care for a known relative 23% stated they could identify with Abuse/Neglect and wanted to help 18% were hoping to add to their own family 17% said they loved kids and just wanted to help 4% stated they wanted to make a difference in the community 4% said they felt it was a religious callingNational 6% were providing care for a known relative 10% stated they could identify with Abuse/Neglect and wanted to help 46% were hoping to add to their own family 15% said they loved kids and just wanted to help 8% stated they wanted to make a difference in the community 15% said they felt it was a religious calling
5. Personal Abuse/NeglectLocal None of the local potential Foster Parents were Foster Childrenthemselves 25% did not have direct CPS involvement but stated perhaps thereshould have been 19% said they were not abused but personally knew someone who was 56% said their upbringing was free of abuse/neglect nor were theyinfluenced by itNationwide 7% were Foster Children themselves 16% did not have direct CPS involvement but stated perhaps thereshould have been 8% said they were not abused but personally knew someone who was 69% said their upbringing was free of abuse/neglect nor were theyinfluenced by it
6. Foster Parenting Goals Local FP Goals 60% were Fostering to Foster 27% Were hoping to Foster/Adopt 13% Were providing Respite Care National FP Goals 30% were Fostering to Foster 65% Were hoping to Foster/Adopt 5% were providing Respite care
7. Summary of Local Respondents Based on the small sample of local respondents, Iconcluded that most people who foster outside ofKinship care or those hoping to adopt do so because ofaltruistic reasons. 44% of respondents felt that theirpersonal upbringing was less than ideal and their maingoal was to make a difference in the life of a childcurrently in the system. None of the people surveyedwere Foster Children themselves.
8. Summary of nationwide respondents It would appear that most of the national respondentswere hoping to adopt through the Foster Care system.31% felt that their personal upbringing was less thanideal. Their main goal was to make a difference in thelife of a child currently in the system. Only 7% of people surveyed were Foster Childrenthemselves. 57% Returned home 28% were Adopted 18% aged out of the system
9. The Future? In 2011 there were 77,882 referrals made to CPS in WAstate. 37,992 were found to be valid. 9,987 children were in the care of the state 54% of those children were under 7 years of age As a society, if we become better parents, will thisinadvertently lessen our already scarce Foster Parentpool? Or will it balance because not as many children willneed Foster Parents?