a child’s life in foster care
There is a sequence of trauma typical for a foster child. First, there are the family events that have required intervention; then comes the separation from one or both parents; a change of physical surroundings, often without understanding of these events or their duration.
A child’s life in foster care is difficult and unsettling. Foster children are often moved among a variety of settings, including different foster families. These shifts present a whole array of problems. Having to fit in with a new family, a new school, and a different neighborhood, and to do this frequently, is not an easy adjustment.
Alicia Gallegos in her article, “Common Behavorial Problems of Children Placed in Foster Care,” identifies four major problem areas: attachment disorder; defying authority; sibling aggression; and crying.
by the numbers *
* from the 2017 AFCARS report
and a quote...
”Preventing their precarious lives would be ideal, but the system itself still needs help, according to those who work in and research foster care.”
“Strained Foster Care System
A 'Meter Of Our Social Problems’”