ERIC Number: ED179279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Why Can't I Have a Home?: A Report on Foster Care and Adoption in North Carolina.
Governor's Advocacy Commission on Children and Youth, Raleigh, NC.
About 10,000 children in North Carolina are removed from their families each year and placed into foster care. The purpose of this study was to determine why children in North Carolina are placed in foster care, what happens to them while they are in care, and under what circumstances they leave foster care. A preliminary field survey was conducted in five counties to get an overview of the way the foster care system was administered. The result of the field survey was used to design the remainder of the study. Statistics and information collected by the state in administering the foster care and adoption program were analyzed. Child abuse, neglect, and the unwillingness or inability of the family to care for the child are the major reasons that children are placed in foster care. Many foster children may be handicapped or have special needs. Most parents have no clear understanding of what is required of them to regain their children. Alternatives to foster care generally are not considered by the social services department. The state of North Carolina is willing to pay 150% more to keep a child outside its own home than it is to permit a child to stay at home. Recommendations for foster care policy are made. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governor's Advocacy Commission on Children and Youth, Raleigh, NC.
Identifiers: North Carolina; Recommendations