Foster Parents; Back to the basics.
Allegations where do I turn?
Part 6 of 7
We have discussed most of the areas of an allegation that you will face. It is the most life changing event that you will ever face in the area of fostering. Our job is to prepare you for the hurricane that is coming your way.
- One more comment; are you a skeptic? Someone who has never had an arrogant power monger enter their home and decide to remove your child because of a bruise on a knee, a scraped elbow, a skinned chin, understand this person does not care how it happened or who saw it.
Your child is removed technically, until the investigation is completed. How long does an investigation take, as long as they want? These people have no accountability, no one to answer to and ignore the State Statutes.
- What has this trauma done to your child (ren), they do not care.
The child’s side. The child you love is crying or dragged screaming out of your home, placed into a social workers or police car, taken to the social workers office to await a placement into a foster home. If your child is lucky a placement is already arranged.
- Where will your child be placed, will it be an appropriate foster home with loving foster parents like you, a foster parent who will read stories to your precious little one? Someone who knows and who cares about children, or will it be any port in a storm.
There have been cases in which the child sleeps on the floor while this social worker frantically searches all of her/his foster care homes to find a space for this child, your child.
- The average foster child is moved from home to home seven times in just a few years, look at this report.
In most cases, children placed in foster care have been subjected to some form of abuse or neglect, and being removed from familiar surroundings is, in itself, usually highly traumatic. Children in foster care may have nightmares, problems sleeping or eating, and may be depressed, angry, and confused.
Many young children in foster care are unable to understand why they have been taken from their parents. Even if, a child is in some sense relieved to be out of a home that was dangerous, the child may still miss the parents or legal guardians, and may imagine that there is something he or she must do to get back to them.
There is evidence that children from abusive and neglectful homes start to feel better in foster care; however, separation is almost always difficult for children, regardless of the circumstances. Link to article.
Suggested reading; Foster Parents; What does removal do to the child? Part 1 / part 2 / part 3.
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