Essay about Foster Care
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Introduction In todays’ society many Americans never think about our foster care system. Foster care is when a child is temporarily placed with another family. This child may have been abused, neglected, or may be a child who is dependent and can survive on their own but needs a place to stay. Normally the child parents are sick, alcohol or drug abusers, or may even be homeless themselves. We have forgotten about the thousands of children who are without families and living in foster homes. Many do not even know how foster care came about. A few of the earliest documentation of foster care can be found in the Old Testament. The Christian church put children into homes with widowers and then paid them using collection from the church…show more content…
He then advertised in the South and West for families willing to accept these children into their homes for free. Many of the homes used children as indentured servants; however, this began the foster care movement as it is today. This society prompted many secretarial social agencies and state governments to become interested and participate in foster hone placements.
Massachusetts along with two other stats Pennsylvania and South Dakota led this revolutionary movement. Before 1865 Massachusetts began to pay families with foster children who were too young to live on their own. In 1885, Pennsylvania was the first to pass a license law. This made it a misdemeanor to care for two or more foster children without a license. The Children’s Home Society began receiving subsidies from the state of South Dakota after they were organized in 1893 for their public child care work. It was not until the 1900’s when social agencies began to supervise foster parents. When it began time to make placements children individual needs were considered. The federal government began supporting state inspections, and records were kept and well organized. In order to better help the child return home, services were often provided to natural families, this also allowed foster parents to become part of a more professional team. Many of them worked harder to find permanent homes for dependent children (NFPA, 2013).
This is a very important problem in today’s society. Foster homes are
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