Stay in Foster Care: Less Emphasis on Reunification.
Published: March-April 2015
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 15, No. 2 , p. 32-34
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Written by a former foster child, this article argues that the present priority of the foster care system to reunify children with their parents may not be in the best interests of the children. Results from a study of 15 college students who aged out of the foster care system are discussed and indicate the youth adamantly opposed reintegration with their biological families. The benefits of foster care in providing opportunities and resources to children are then emphasized.
child abuse; child neglect; foster children; FAMILY REUNIFICATION; PERMANENCY PLANNING; child safety; BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD; LONG TERM FOSTER CARE