AN OVERVIEW OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND THE MARY WELDON CASE STUDY
Martin, Suzanne M.
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The world we live in is one of extreme instability. Superpowers argue over nuclear weapons; neighboring countries fight with eachother; world economy continues to worsen; unemployment grows; and the food supply in certain areas is scarce. Yet, even in this grim-looking picture, millions of children are born into the world. They represent the future. They will be the future leaders; and in time, they will make the crucial decisions for the world. Though they are children, their lives are in no way to be considered simple ones. Children enter into all kinds of homes. Often, the instability of the present world is not only found in the surroundings; but it is present right between the walls of their own homes. Due to an array of reasons, some of these children end up in the foster care system. The foster care system has always been controversial. What happens to these children once they are removed from their homes? What OCcurs to the biological parent(s) and their relationship with the child? What ~pe of people are these "foster" parents? How are they selected? These and other questions continuously arise when foster care is discussed. However, though the results for every child are unique and different, for many troubled families it is a welcomed and necessary alternative. The first part of this paper will deal with the foster care system. What are the goals of the system? What does the agency 2 do? What happens to the bi 01 ogi cal parent? How does the chi 1 d feel? How are the foster parents assessed? And, what is the role of the foster parent? The second part of the paper will relate the foster care system to the schools. A first hand observation will be given in the Mary Weldon case study.Administrator only because of personally identifying information in case study.