Talk:Foster care

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Problems in the abuse section[edit]

"These statistics do not speak to the situation these children are coming from, but it does show the very large problem of child-on-child sexual abuse within the system."

This sentence seems to be a non sequitur. It's not followed by a citation and is not referencing anything else in the paragraph above it. Timdwilliamson (talk) 22:31, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not a forum[edit]

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Foster care placement.[edit]

The article says: "Foster care is intended to be a short term situation until a permanent placement can be made When it is deemed in the child's best interest. This is generally the first choice. Preferably by a family member who is a relative such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent. If no related family member is willing or able to adopt, the next preference is for the child to be adopted by the foster parents or by someone else involved in the child's life (such as a teacher or coach). This is to maintain continuity in the child's life. If neither above option are available, the child may be adopted by someone who is a stranger to the child."

User:74.75.235.20 says: the above is not true, foster care often deliberately tries not to allow the child to be adopted by a relative and often adoption by the relative is last case scenario, because the state worries that the child will remain linked to family it may have originally been separated from easier if they remain with a relative, therefore, strangers are OFTEN in many cases (depedent on the degree of the child's situation/abuse ect) are preferred OVER family members.

Kinship Care[edit]

Informal kinship care is the most common form of out-of-home care for children in the world and is an increasing share of formal foster care systems, at least in the U.S. There is currently a wikipedia article, oddly titled "Grandfamily", which addresses kinship care but I think some reference to it is appropriate to this article as well. Benutzer41 (talk) 18:08, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Reads like an essay...[edit]

and not a particularly good one.

From the "History" section introduction:

"Foster care plays a big role in the lives of displaced children today. At times, it is the only sustainable alternative that a child has. If foster care never came about, these children would be on the street. Sometimes we wonder how and where this program started. Foster care is a world wide program, including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Japan, among other countries. Usually it is best for children to live with their families, but not all families can provide the necessities for them. Sometimes it is more harmful for the child to stay with the family. When this happens the child’s care depends on the child welfare system. Placing children in foster care is usually a “last resort."

1) What does this have to do with the history of foster care? 2) "If foster care never came about, these children would be on the street."? ? ?

140.211.112.110 (talk) 15:36, 22 November 2013 (UTC)