Children play a key component in lives today. Unfortunately many children do not have the ability of having a stable home or school to call their own, while parents are not in the picture as well. This is an issue that is ignored by society and most importantly the government; in some cases. Without the foster system, children would be left abandon and forgotten by all. The foster system provides thousands of homes for foster children each year, with parents that can give them what they need. The American foster systems are failing; however, they can be improved through mentoring programs and finding more stable homes for foster children.
Many reasons exist as to why the foster system is failing and a major one is the number of children in the program. Although the number of children in the foster care system has decreased about 11% since 2002, “…experts worry that the trend might now go into reverse” (“Protecting” 47). “In 2008 there were 463,000 children in the foster care system” (“Protecting” 47). Actions of parents such as abuse, the use of drugs and/or alcohol, and neglect can cause a child to be placed in foster care, which causes the number of children in the system to increase. In order for this number to decrease dramatically programs should be put enforce to help find excellent, stable homes for foster children. Due to the economy, many states have “considered cutting down on child-welfare services, such as benefits for foster parents and the number of social workers they employ” (Protecting” 47). If there is a lack of social workers the less likely a child will be placed in a home quicker than usual. Without the increase of social workers employed; a child’s chances of finding a home is a minimum.
Not only is there a lack of social workers there is a lack of the number of foster parents to take in foster children as well. As long as the number of foster parents does not increase there could be up to six foster children in one home (“All Foster” 9). Advertisements could be used to promote the value of having more foster parents. These advertisements could include the number of children in the system to the number of foster parents. Having parents in lives of foster children will give them a chance to have a better life.
Without the proper form of a “home” or better yet a family, children are not well equipped for life and the struggles they may face. The foster system is wonderful for protecting children from strife they may encounter with their biological parents, but it can do more harm than good. “‘The longer kids stay in foster care the more moves they have, the worse they become socially and emotionally’ Blanco said” (Chavers 9). States around the country are now trying to figure out a way to find permanent, safe, stable homes for youth in foster care (Chavers 1).
Georgia and Los Angeles County are two of the documented places that are taking a stand on the issue of foster care. Los Angeles County started a program called,...