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Foster Care in the News

  • As Krisha Ross got closer to aging out of foster care, she decided to drop out of high school in 2015 in order to find work.
    “I did not see the value of continuing school for two years when I needed to work to live,” said Ross, who dropped out of high school in Los Angeles during her sophomore year.
    But she didn’t have much luck

  • Before assigning young people to group homes or other residential treatment facilities, child welfare judges need more information, according to a report from the Building Bridges Initiative and Association of Children’s Residential Centers. One item on this must-know list: Whether or not professionals have explored all possible placement options for a youth, including living with a family member.

  • Recently, I was interviewed by a high school student. She interviewed me for an assignment that required her to get the perspective of a former foster child. I obliged, and here’s the second part of that conversation (read the first part here):

    HS Student: Are you still affected by your time in foster care, even to this day?

    Me: Yes and I must point out, I’m more affected by the events that led me into foster care. You know, the abuse and failure in parenting and protection. I refuse to blame everything on foster care but yes, my time in the system certainly caused further damage in some ways.

  • All too often, children in care are seen as dangerous, delinquent or damaged goods. The circumstances of their early life, which are likely to include trauma, abuse and neglect, are commonly forgotten. Instead, we see communities protesting against residential care homes being built in their neighbourhood. We think children in care are there because they have somehow played a part in their fate. They’ve become a number, a case, a file.

  • Recently, I was interviewed by a bright-eyed, earnest high school student. She interviewed me for an assignment that required her to get the perspective of a foster child. I obliged, and here’s a snippet of that conversation:

    HS Student: What age where you when you entered foster care?

    Me: Fourteen. I didn’t know anything about it upon entry.

  • Connecting with troubled students is not easy work. Many of these young people come into our classrooms and schools on a daily bases depressed, hostile, discouraged, unmotivated and angry.

  • There are several points that foster parents should explain to foster kids that are newly entering foster care. These things are what the foster kids need to know so that they don't feel that they were just picked up and dropped off at a stranger's home.

  • In 2014, 415,000 children in the United States spent time in the foster care system. This system works best when used to provide nurturing, short-term care to vulnerable children until a family crisis can be resolved and they can return safely home, or until a child can be placed with a permanent adoptive family.

  • “There is a lot of literature about childhood adversity and psychiatric outcomes, but few studies on older people, and no stories at all on older homeless adults,” said Chuan Mei Lee, MD, a clinical fellow in psychiatry at UCSF and lead author on the study, published on August 17, 2016, in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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