Foster Care Research

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ABSTRACT
This paper is a summary of what research has been done in the field of foster care. It will focus on foster care social workers, foster care parents, children in foster care, etc. In this work there will also be reference to aspects of adoption and foster care together. This paper will encompass all parties affected by foster care and will ultimately talk about what qualities are expected of social workers who work in foster care.  

America is facing daily challenges when it comes to abortion, children with no place to go, the foster care system, adoption agencies, social services department, and just ultimately not knowing how to continue to better such a large amount a people who continue to multiply. Foster Care Social Workers are a unique group of people who try to help these children with no place to go and helps mothers to be to make the right choice in regards to having their baby and considering foster care and adoption rather than abortion. It is these individuals that some others look up to and may hope to be. These workers have the behind the scenes jobs by mentoring children and foster families. The sad fact is that most of the time these workers are overlooked and not seen as the gracious and helpful people they are. In hopes of working in this field in the future one should do research on foster care social workers, foster families, adoption since they are linked, children aging out of the foster care system, etc.

As a foster care social worker there are qualities that one should possess such as having an interest in not only the child but also how the foster family they go to are managing. When a social worker helps the child get into a home and drops out of the situation without following up the child feels abandoned once again in life and the families that take those children in can get overwhelmed with challenges yet to come. Social workers, who work with foster care, should also be easy to contact and responsive when contacted. By being easy to contact the child or family can feel secure in the relationship they have with that social worker and have a trust in the social worker to be helpful and be there for them as a whole. A very important quality when it comes to a social worker following through is that they should always do what they say they are going to do, when this is not done insecurity rises in the relationship between the social worker, child, and foster family that is hard to fix. When working with children in the foster care this is also very important because a social worker should never become like all the rest of the people in that child’s past that didn’t follow through. Another important asset a social worker should have is being prepared to listen and offer encouragement. Encouragement is a gift that is given to particular people as a spiritual gift, but this does not mean other who may not “have” this gift can’t encourage another; it may just be harder for them to find the words. A social worker must choose to be an encouragement and not the opposite. The social worker must also take account of the family’s needs and circumstances, he or she cannot just place a child in a home without seeing what the family’s needs are. For the child, the social worker must attend to interests and needs and involve the foster family in this whenever it is appropriate. By doing this both the child and foster family will see that the child is your first concern, but by adding in the families when possible it shows that the social worker wants to work together with all parties. Some other important qualities would be ensuring that all payments, complaints, etc. will be processed as soon as possible and the social worker keeping the family informed and included in the planning. All of these qualities are those that foster families brought forth in an article written by Terry Fisher, Ian Gibbs, Ian Sinclair, and Kate Wilson titled “Sharing the care: the qualities sought of social workers by...
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