A Critical Look at the Foster Care System
Great the Need?
Over half a million children are in foster care or some other kind of out of home placement today. Do these children all really need to be there?
Safe the Services?
How safe are foster care services? Critics suggest that the foster
care system is anything but a safe haven for children.
Widespread a Problem?
How widespread are the problems of abuse and neglect in foster
care? What is the actual percentage of abuse in foster care? Are
children really better off in state care than they would be in
their own homes?
Exploring the financial incentives behind foster care. Financial
incentives and legal maneuvers used by states to maximize
funding. (This article is currently being revised).
Critics charge that financial incentives are not the only reason
that some foster parents take children into their homes.
Examining the surprising range of private and often sectarian
"non-profit" service providers. How do they compare with state operated foster care services?
Examining the labeling of children, and the shadowy world of
congregate and group home care. A close look at living conditions,
and fiscal incentives for maintaining children in care. The
impact of group home care, and listening to the voices of
Phychotropic Medication in Foster Care: A Bibliography
Examining the widespread use of psychotropic and mood-altering
medications on children in state care.
Critics say the effects of foster care extend well beyond the
present, and may greatly impact on the futures of these children, as
well as on that of our own society.
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Last updated September 28, 2012