Better Foster Parents and Less Case Loads for Social Workers
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The problem we want to try to solve is the problem of foster kids getting abused by foster parents who have not been trained or had adequate background checks as well as adding mental health checks to the process to become a foster parent. This will help children and youth in a positive way mentally and physically. They will have less developmental mental illness such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and anger management.
- "All States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico have statutes or regulations requiring background investigations of prospective foster and adoptive parents."(Child Welfare, 2015) [However mental health checks are not required in this process.]
- 326 children died at the hands of foster parents and social workers in 2014. (Foster Care Statistics, 2014)
- 1,138 children ran away for their foster homes in 2014. (Foster Care Statistics, 2014)
- Child welfare social workers labor to ensure the welfare and well-being of children and their families. However how are they supposed to do this when social workers are handed too many cases? Many feel overwhelmed and some have ended up falsifying reports saying they saw the child and that the child was safe in the current home. Nine out of ten times they are correct but one time they can be wrong and the child is in danger or even dies.
We need to change this as a nation. The safety and well being of these children and youth should be the main concern. We need to audit the federal budget for Children and Family Services and see where the money is really going. Money needs to be spent to hire more social workers and for annual mental health background checks for foster parents.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass
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