Physical & Mental: Screening & Expanding Problems Related to Living Environments & Provided Care in Florida for Foster Children

With the growth of the U.S. society, the number of children which are in need of foster and adoption care grows. Florida children is not an exception. For example, in June 2013, the number of foster children in the state was only 17.282, and in July 2018 its number has reached 23.979. The highest percentage of children is among white children (59,74%), the lowest percentage is among the multi-racial community (9,73%) (MyFLFamilies.com 2018). Even though the foster and adoption care services are rather developed in Florida, there is always a need for improvements because many of such children may display mental and physical issues due to negative experiences in their own homes. Thus, constant research of the problems and finding solutions is a necessity in the improvement of living conditions for children in foster care.

Currently, Florida children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, who cannot stay safe in their home environment face a problem of being fostered or adopted by other families who can provide safety and necessary care for them. Unfortunately, the number of such children is growing, which increases the need for proper operation of supporting organs of Florida. Those people must identify the risky families, provide educational and medical support and in case of acute need relocate the child or children if no positive effect was observed. Simultaneously, the supporting organs must be in constant search for good families who are ready to adopt and foster a child.

The counseling organs request the willing families to attend specialized sessions and training, complete a home study and health inspection. Foster parents will have to complete checks of their background and employment (Children’s Home Society of Florida 2018). Moreover, the future and current fostering parents are required to attend special training, connections, activities, and being in touch during the whole period of cooperation.

Taking children out of a risky family and giving it out for fostering is temporary, and it aims to make the families overcome the challenges that they have faced and which led to such consequences. Unfortunately, some of such families cannot combat particular conditions. Thus, the counseling organs must take the fostered children away for adoption in other families who can handle the care more efficiently.

To become a foster family, the future parents must be trained properly and show that they can be the ones. Due to the fact that such children have mental and/or physical trauma, the host family must learn how to withstand specific behavioral factors and meet the children’s needs. “Children who have suffered extreme trauma often have more severe emotional and behavioral needs than a traditional foster home is prepared for” (Children’s Home Society of Florida 2018). The counseling organs will train the host parents to do so. However, they will not give a physically or mentally ill child to the family whose home is not equipped properly. Such families will become therapeutic. Thus, they will become able to provide medical care for their fostered children. Similarly, to children with mental issues, children with physical problems will be given to foster families who can special skills, knowledge and equipment to provide medical care for their foster children.

During the study, the researcher has identified specific limitations in motivating hosting families to foster and adopt children in Florida. In the material world, where everything costs much money, the amount of money given to the family is too low. In many cases, people cannot cover all the expenses related to taking care of a fostered child. Thus, fostering a child becomes a major problem for many willing families, and children with mental and physical issues cannot improve their conditions. In such a way, the growth of foster children and problems related to it is unavoidable, if the government does not increase the stipends for fostering families.

References

Children’s Home Society of Florida (2018). Be a Hero: Be a Foster Parent. Retrieved from https://www.chsfl.org/services/child-welfare/foster-care/

MyFLFamilies.com (2018). Children in Out-of Home Care – Statewide. Retrieved from http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childwelfare/dashboard/c-in-ooh.shtml

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