There are many perceptions about foster care, some are based in reality and others are not. Today’s blog entry explains why children go into foster care.

If Child Protective Services (CPS) is called a possible investigation is launched. (Child Protective Services Hotline is 1-855-444-3911). The results of the investigation are reviewed to determine whether further involvement from the State of Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) is needed. If there appears to be a need for additional services, Foster Care Workers and Child Protective Services work with birth parents to give parents access to resources/services to keep the children in the home.

The parents get reevaluated after they have used the services and resources provided. If no progress has been made, CPS may choose to remove the child from the parent’s home and place them in another home such as a relative and/or foster parent. Foster care can result in a child becoming a temporary ward, children who have their parental rights still intact and the parents are working toward reunification, or permanent ward, children who have their parental rights terminated.

  • Let’s look at the statistics in Michigan from the Maltreatment Report (2011):
    • Child deaths from abuse and neglect: 1,537.
    • Of that 1,537, 80% of them were under the age of 4.
    • 688,299 total perpetrators of child abuse.
    • 80% of the total perpetrators were parents
    • 80% of all parents were biological parents
    • The number of foster care parents that were perpetrators of child abuse were: 475

So to recap this: that’s roughly 558,647 parents that are abusive and neglect their children. While the number of foster care parents that are abusive or neglectful to their foster care children are 552.

The AFCARS Report (2011) states that there were 252,320 children that entered into foster care in 2011. As this statistic states, there is a great need for foster care parents. If you ever felt the calling to help children who come from homes where neglect is present and you have an abundance of love; please, seek AOI to help you get licensed!

Children in foster care need good homes whether they are permanent wards or temporary wards, while they are separate from their birth parents. Your help is essential so that these children do not fall through the cracks. Children are our future! Consider becoming a foster parent. For more information… Contact Us.

 

Reference

1. National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. (2011). Maltreatment report 2011. Retrieved from Children Bureau- Administration on Children, Youth and Families website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cm11.pdf

2. National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. (2011). The afcars report. Retrieved from Children Bureau- Administration on Children, Youth and Families website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport19.pdf