There are a variety of reasons children and young people enter the care system. Typically it is a result of the parent(s) no longer being able to adequately or appropriately meet their child’s needs. When this happens, the state becomes responsible for acting in loco parentis, and entering the system can shape the future outcome of each child raised in care. As a result, challenging the stereotypes surrounding foster care is a necessary step in ensuring a brighter future for state wards in this country.
80% of young people in the child welfare system requires mental health interventions and they are five to eight times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health issue in childhood or adolescence than children raised in the care of their parents. Empirical and anecdotal evidence suggests that the current system is unable to meet their individual needs. (NCSL)
The success of the state as a parent is put into question when we analyze the statistical evidence regarding the outcomes of children raised in care. For example, children in the system are less likely to achieve in education, are more likely to become homeless in adult life, and they are disproportionately represented in the prison system. (NCSL)
Question: Do you think that the government does enough for children in care?
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