Facts About Foster Care

Facts About Foster Care

Facts About Foster Care The Media often portrays foster care in a negative light, reporting only on the adversities of the child welfare system. Foster care gives children a second chance and an opportunity to be raised in a stable environment. Here are the facts that you should know about foster care. What is Foster Care Foster care provides children with an alternative to living in an unsafe environment. It is a system in which a minor is placed either with a relative or close family friend, in a group home, or in the care of an agency-certified foster family as a substitute for a child’s unsuitable living situation. Becoming more common in recent years, children have been formally placed in foster care with a relative, such as grandparents, this is called kinship care. Foster care can also be used for children who have suddenly lost a parent or are homeless. Who is in Foster Care Nationally, 400,540 children spent time in the foster care system during the 2011 Federal fiscal year (October 1st through September 30th). The average age of a child in foster care is about 9-10 years old while the next largest age group being children between the ages of 11-15 years old. The majority of the children in foster care are boys, at 52%, while 48% are girls. For race demographics, there are more children of color in the system compared to the overall U.S. population, but child abuse and neglect occur at about the same rate in all ethnic groups. Reasons for Foster Care There are many reasons why foster care would be needed...