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Sociological Studies of Foster Care

Sociological Studies of Foster Care

Many people believe that a child will live a better life if
they are able to live with their birth parents rather than being placed in a
foster home. There is inadequate research that explores what should be done if
that opportunity ceases to be an option. These sociological studies just do not
quite sum up what is the prime solution when a child has to be placed in a
foster home. With the number of children in the foster care system averaging at
over 500,000 each year nationwide, it is important to explore the avenues that
can be taken with the
 foster care. 

One of the common issues that
children in foster care face are behavioral problems. The instances of trauma
that children that are placed in a foster home often face are much too intense
for them to handle. Once they are finally able to exit that circumstance and
make their way to a foster home, many of these children have not come to terms
with the issues that caused them to be in a foster home in the first place.
This causes many of those children to have behavioral problems when they enter
a new foster home. They have yet to be given the proper treatment to deal with
the
 abuse. 

All You Need to Know About Children Unprepared For Adulthood

All You Need to Know About Children Unprepared For Adulthood

Although the Federal Government has enforced a law that states that as a foster child exits the foster care system and is between the ages of 18 and 21, he or she is to receive additional aid from the State in the form of health care benefits, training, and financial assistance, this does not help every foster child.
Some foster children do not qualify. Some programs are substandard. Some foster children do not know that this is available to them. Others do not feel encouraged of the importance of this to their lives and future. Some foster children have a negative view of the foster care system, and are not interested in what it offers them during their transition into adulthood. 
Although the training and health care benefits that the State is able to offer foster children is a step in the right direction, it is not the best solution. The statistics of life after a foster child exits the system shows that there is a larger problem at hand that affords more than just the offering of a few additional State-provided services. Given the statistics regarding foster children who lead a destructive lifestyle after leaving foster care, it is important that the Government gets to the root of the problem within the foster care system.
Foster children need more than just a few additional courses after a lifetime in the foster care system. A foster child needs to receive the preparation they will need to become productive members of society throughout their time in the foster care system. A foster child needs proper life education as they continue to grow and mature. 
A foster child is no different from any other child in that they learn the life lessons that prepare them for adulthood along the way. Thus, the foster care system should focus their attention on giving a foster child guidance from the moment that they enter the system.

Understanding Experimental Testing

Understanding Experimental Testing

The Incarnation Children’s Center out of Harlem, NY, also known as the ICC, had raised many eyebrows in the 1990s for the experimental testing that they permitted many of their foster kids to be involved in under their care.
The Incarnation Children’s Center of Harlem had allowed 465 of their foster kids with HIV to participate in a HIV study that had many people questioning the nature of this experiment these foster kids had undergone. It has been claimed by many that racism had a large part to do with why these foster kids, in particular, were placed in this HIV study. The ICC foster care, along with the NYC Administration for Children Services, is said to be responsible for this level of misconduct.
The fact that 98 percent of the foster kids that were provided foster care by the ICC were minority led many to believe that the experiment’s use of these particular foster kids could have been committed with ill intent. Many believe that the foster kids that participated in the study were not valued in the way that a participant in a clinical study should be. The foster care system was criticized by many for enabling this type of activity to be conducted.
The HIV experimental study of the foster kids under the foster care of the ICC caused many to compare the experiment to that of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment of Tuskegee, Alabama that lasted from 1932 to 1972. That study involved 399 underprivileged African American sharecroppers that had contracted syphilis and was carried out by the United States Public Health Service.
The focus of the experiment was said to be to be able to form programs that would help African Americans suffering from the illness. Due to a leak to the press, investigators discovered that the men, women, and children in the experiment were not offered the proper care that they could and should have been. Many felt that the foster kids in the foster care of the ICC were exploited in the same way.
Many believed that the ICC foster care subjected these foster kids to violations of the standards of the 1979 Belmont Report for clinical studies. It was the belief that the foster care system failed to allow the kids to be studied with the standard of giving them proper informed consent, minimizing the risks while making sure that the benefits of the treatment options were carried out, and administering a procedure that would not exploit them, and making sure that they were properly compensated for the experimental study.