Foster Care Reform
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Why bother with foster care when incentives to adopt and efficiency of adoption schemes are far more important a matter?
But why not solve the problem by enhancing adoption schemes?
Burden of proof is on pro.
These statistics show that while adoption may be better, there simply is not enough people wanting to adopt to make this plausible. The most recent statistics of the number of children in foster care number at 400,540, with 252,320 children that entered the system in the most recent fiscal year. Sure, there are 245,260 kids that left the system as well, but the fact is that most of those kids aged out of the system altogether. I would like to correct a statistic I have made in round one by saying that the percentage of past foster care children in jail is not in the 75-80% range, but rather in the 25% range in accordance to ABC news, which has been holding steady since the report came out. In that same report, it is estimated that 30% of today's homeless Americans also came from the foster system. This has happened because in more cases than not they aged out of the system, and once they age out they get little to no government support and minimal family base. In the cases where these percentages did not age out of the system, but rather found a family, past experiences in the system will push them to do things that most people would not. As is the case, a reformed system would introduce better quality parents into the system and give social workers more specialized training for the types of kids with Autism, ADD, and OCD. This would in turn keep a good number of future foster children out of prison and have better family bases in which to start a life instead of becoming homeless.
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