Foster Care: Protecting Bodies but Killing Minds Essays

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Throughout America there are hundreds of thousands of children in foster care. These children in foster care have disproportionately high rates of physical, developmental, and mental health problems (Issues). Most of these troubles are caused by the lack of attachment to the foster parents. With the shortage of time at a new house, these children do not bond with the foster parents. Some foster parents are willing to keep the children as long as necessary, but others are selfish and are in the program just for the money. This here is an example of why many children’s health is often neglected while in foster care (Issues). Children who enter foster care due to child abuse and neglect are entering an environment that is not the right type …show more content…

In fact adult survivors of child abuse can struggle with unexplained anxiety, depression, or anger (Saison). Some of these adults will turn to various illegal actions, such as: stealing, violence to the public, and drinking under the influence to try to numb their pain. Effects on a family that has neglect and child abuse in it are gargantuan. Kevin Kamentz says that families with four or more children have a higher rate of abuse due to crowded living. Even families with fewer children, still have a chance of abuse because parents can become stressed due to work or irritation of children. According to Richard Willey; a child-abuse specialist in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, “The rate of increase is geometric: if a woman has four children and abuses them, there is a potential for four abusive families.” Between those five families one child will die. Steve Weidner found that The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says, “Approximately 906,000 children were victims and an estimated 1,500 children died from the abuse.” He also came to the conclusion that children under the age of four account for 75 percent of all child abuse deaths. All other children are scarred for life. Child abuse and neglect have numerous effects on children. Three of these main

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