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foster care,

generally, care of children on a full-time, temporary basis by persons other than their own parents. Also known as boarding-home care, foster care is intended to offer a supportive family environment to children whose natural parents cannot raise them because of the parents' physical or mental illness, the child's behavioral difficulties, or problems within the family environment, e.g., child abusechild abuse,
physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others responsible for a child's welfare. Physical abuse is characterized by physical injury, usually inflicted as a result of a beating or inappropriately harsh discipline.
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, alcoholismalcoholism,
disease characterized by impaired control over the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholism is a serious problem worldwide; in the United States the wide availability of alcoholic beverages makes alcohol the most accessible drug, and alcoholism is the most
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, extreme poverty, or crime. Such children are usually wards of the state. They may be placed by a state-approved agency in group homes, institutions (such as residential treatment centers), or with families who receive some payment toward care. The child's parents may retain their parental rights, and the child may ultimately return home. Under permanent foster care the agency has guardianship; the child may then be available for adoptionadoption,
act by which the legal relation of parent and child is created. Adoption was recognized by Roman law but not by common law. Statutes first introduced adoption into U.S. law in the mid-19th cent.
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 by the foster parents or others. Foster care can also provide a supervised setting for adults with mental or emotional disabilities who cannot care adequately for themselves. The concept of foster care has been extended in recent years to include care for elderly persons, on a fee basis, in the homes of people who are not family members.
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One outcome of this is the planned creation of a care leaver cafe in January 2016, which will be run by care leavers for care leavers to provide a relaxed place where they can meet, talk and get support.
Criminoligists have been studying the needs of care leavers to address the large numbers of adults who grew up in care who end up in prison.
Thanks to the Young Care Leaver Campaigners and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, this will all change next April.
This requires of the practitioner a knowledge base and skill-set that is uncompromisingly on the side of the care leaver.
The shortcomings of these care leaver records are frequently highlighted (Golding, 2009) and much of the literature catalogues a range of problems in gaining information.
The record on the care leavers programme is disappointing.
The Children In Care Council will be made up of up to 16 fostered children, looked after young people with disabilities, unaccompanied asylum seekers and care leavers.
The event is being held this week at Leeds Beckett University and the lecture has been organised by Heart, a partnership of 12 higher education providers in West Yorkshire committed to improving opportunities for care leavers.
Aberystwyth University's scholarship and bursary provision includes the Entrance Scholarships, Merit Awards, Accommodation, Care Leaver, Music and Sports Bursaries.
The statistics represent how much harder it can be for a care leaver to continue their education.
This process helped to build a relationship between the care leaver and the research team and thereby reduce the possibility of study participants losing interest.
But the best was yet to come when care leaver Ian Thomas quite simply blew the audience away with his honest, candid and impassioned speech about his experiences of the care system and what foster carers did for him during his time being looked after.