The Importance Of Foster Care

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Furthermore, foster care contributes greatly to the outcome of child development, while the parental role and placement history are significant throughout this process. In Rubin’s study, he looked at how placement stability affects the behavioural well-being of children in foster care. Rubin (2007) mentions, “the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 marked a turning point in child welfare policy, making permanency and adoption as important a priority for children in foster care as the traditional mission of ensuring safety and security for these children”. Although the Adoption and Safe Families Act was in place, a majority of children in placements did not result in permanency. With this act in place, it still did not fix everything as Rubin mentions,
Nearly half of the children continue to reside in foster care for > 18 months and many for years, The experience for many of these children is often one of instability, because 1 in 3 will fail to achieve a long-lasting placement and may experience frequent placement moves and transfers to restrictive settings like group homes and residential treatment facilities that have been traditionally associated with poor outcomes.
This being said, the placement instability creates the behavioural problem as it has been seen to have a positive correlation with poor behaviour. In addition to the placement instability, Strijker examines the history of placement and the outcomes of long-term foster care also play a vital role in
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