Pros And Cons Of Fostercare

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Foster Care is Failing Children The State of New Jersey has agreed to give $12.5 million to four boys starved by their foster parents. The boys’ ages ranged from ten to nineteen years old. They all weighed less than 45 pounds. (“New Jersey,” 2005, p. 49) The foster care system is failing the children whom it is supposed to protect due to caseworker overload, inadequate mental health care, and lack of preparation for children aging out of the system. Caseworker Overload Children are put into foster care when their parents are unable to care for them. This may be because of abuse, neglect, or the death of a parent. Some parents are simply unable to care for their children for a myriad of reasons. These children are supposed…show more content…
309). “In September 2005 there were 513,000 children in foster care (U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2005). This obvious growth in foster children has resulted in a caseload that is just unmanageable for the average caseworker. There are cases of children being lost in the foster care system. In Florida it took Miami’s overburdened caseworkers fifteen months to locate a chubby cheeked five-year-old (“Florida’s Lost,” 2002). Some states have websites with photos of their missing foster children. Caseworkers also work with the fear that every decision that they make affects the life of a child and their family. Many caseworkers ask for help with their caseload to no avail. “In January, 4-year-old Rita Moody died after she had been bound, gagged, beaten and sexually assaulted by her mother and her mother's roommate. The girl's aunt had begged DFCS to investigate, but the beleaguered Child Protective Services caseworker assigned to the case hadn't been able to contact the mother or visit the child. They were never home… This caseworker cried out for help and we didn't help her fast enough." Only eight months on the job, she had 70 cases to handle” (Marill, 2004, p.…show more content…
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