The Development Of Foster Care Systems

1714 Words Nov 8th, 2016 7 Pages
The development of foster care systems has long been an issue in the United States. It was developed as sort of a safe haven for children to go when their family life and environmental conditions were not in the best interests of the child (Lawrence, Carlson, and Egeland, 2006). As of the year 2010, there were more than 400,000 youths in the United States who were placed into foster homes (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). There are a number of factors that have been associated with an idea as to why so many children are placed into foster homes. Some of these factors include drug/sexual abuse, physical abuse/neglect, and researchers have even questioned poverty as a potential factor. Many of the researchers found that out of all the studies they performed, the majority of the children who entered the foster care system to begin with was because one or more guardian(s) had abused or neglected the child (Oswald, Heil, and Goldbeck, 2010). According to a controlled evaluation of child neglect, neglect refers to any situation where the child does not receive the proper supervision (maybe a dangerous environment), medical attention (the child is hurt or sick), and any form of physical, verbal, and educational care they need in a guardian (Donohue et al., 2014). Child abuse can refer to any situation where the child is in physical danger or encounters physical harm for unknown and unnecessary reasons. Some research has been completed while other studies are…
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