Discussion of the Term Fostering

Fostering is important for children who face certain challenges in their life, the ones who cannot stay with their parents for a number of reasons. The major goal of fostering to provide a family life for needy children. The term fostering can be defined as “the undertaking by a family to look after someone else’s child for a few days, weeks, months, even sometimes many years, for an allowance or fee” (Triseliotis et al., 2005, p. 130). All children need support and care; therefore, fostering care is developed to offer an experience of living in families for children whose parents are unable to ensure an adequate support and care. Although fostering care is associated with temporary services, some  children have to stay in foster care for a rather long period of time and never come back to their families. In some situations, fostering is provided to children from neglectful parents or abusive environments. Also, fostering may be provided by the courts which remove children from the community for the reason of child protection.

In fact, there are different types of fostering that should be considered by foster carers while making decision on what type to choose. These types of foster care include emergency care, short term care, short breaks, remand fostering, long-term and permanent foster care. Each type of fostering has its advantages and disadvantages. Emergency fostering is a type of care provided to children who need to stay in safe place for a few days and nights. Short-term fostering is a type of care provided to children who need to be looked after for a few weeks or months. Short breaks are provided to both disabled children and children with special needs who need to stay with a new family for a short period of time, while their foster carers enjoy a short break. These three types of foster care require short term separation from families and can be less damaging to children. Remand fostering is a type of care that allows alleged juvenile offenders aged 10-17 having safe family accommodation, while they are waiting for further court procedures. Long-term and permanent care is provided to older children who have contact with their relatives until these children enter adulthood stage and be able to take care of themselves. These three types of foster care put children in distress (Triseliotis et al., 2005).

There are different agencies involved in fostering. These agencies can be found on the website of the Department of Children’s Services. These agencies include Group Care Homes and Family Boarding Homes, Residential Child Care Agencies, Maternity Homes, Child Placing Agencies, Runaway Houses, Chile Abuse Prevention Agencies, Juvenile Detention Centres,  and Temporary Holding Resources (The Department of Children’s Services, 2018).

The successes of fostering care are multiple. First of all, fostering is an effective tool of social policy that is developed to address the needs of society. According to researchers, “fostering is meant to be a service to families and children who, either because of a crisis in their lives or because of a child’s behaviour, require a break or respite” (Triseliotis et al., 2005, p. 130). Unfortunately, there are some failures found in fostering process, including unequal treatment, ethical concerns, administrative challenges associated with poor organization of foster care, and teen pregnancy among girls who entered foster care (Love et al., 2005).

Thus, it is necessary to conclude that fostering care is essential for children who need external support and care. Fostering process should be well-planned to ensure that the rights of children are not violated. There is a need for dealing with the failures found in the process of foster care through application of control strategies.

References

Love, L. T., McIntosh, J., Rosst, M. & Tertzakian, K. (2005). Fostering hope: preventing teen pregnancy among youth in foster care. Washington, D.C., National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Triseliotis, J., Sellick, C. & Short, R. (2005). “The Institution of Foster Care,” in Child Welfare: Child  placement and children away from home. London & New York: Taylor & Francis.

The Department of Children’s Services. (2018). Licensing Regulations. Retrieved from:<https://www.tn.gov/dcs/program-areas/licensing/regulations.html>

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