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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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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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For example, Rhodes, Orme, and Buehler (2001) found that 31% of foster parents planning to quit fostering were returning to work full-time.
A research review reports that approximately 18% of foster parents "manifest potentially poor or troubled parenting." (Orme and Buehler 2001, 7).
* The Arkansas legislature adjourned in late April without passing SB 352, a bill that would have allowed taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against foster parents because they're the "wrong" religion or members of the LGBTQ community.
(22) While many foster parents have provided loving care for children, the foster care system has too often exposed children, particularly Indigenous children in the latter half of the last century, to inadequate care, unstable and multiple placements, racism, cultural dislocation, and physical and sexual abuse.
It comes with time, understanding of trauma-informed care, knowledge of how trauma affects the development of a child, and a commitment on behalf of administrators to strengthen the screening, training, and coaching of every foster parent.
HFC said that as well as training foster parents it is also, in cooperation with the state social welfare services, monitoring the psychosocial development and adaptation of the minors within the foster families until they reach adulthood.
"Finding foster parents - and other resources - for refugee children is difficult work," said Bishop Michael Olson.
"But there are 20 more children who still need foster parents, families and or homes," she said.
The foster parents, often faculty members and community volunteers, can adopt their gem from the city's public schools or other ALS programs.
On the day Lin walked into the TFCF's Pingtung office, she told Huang that she had come to Pingtung from Taichung three times in the past in a bid to find her foster parents, but as her memories of 20 years ago were so sketchy that she had no luck of finding the home of her foster parents no matter how hard she tried, so she went back to Taichung with tears in her eyes every time.
So when our union, Service Employees International Union, joined together before the legislative session to discuss options for improving our workplace, funding to support foster parents was at the top of our list.
That also means foster parents don't get calls in the middle of the night to take in a child who has just entered the system.