ERIC Number: EJ781223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Foster Children with Disabilities
Waldman, H. Barry; Perlman, Steven P.; Lederman, Cindy S.
Exceptional Parent, v37 n12 p20-22 Nov 2007
Children and youth in foster care are a vulnerable population. They are at risk for abuse, neglect, and permanent separation from birth parents and have a greater incidence of emotional and behavioral difficulties. This is not surprising because these children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by the very people who are supposed to love and care for them. They enter the child welfare system and the juvenile court as a last resort--after everything and everyone has failed them. At least one-third of the more than half million youngsters in foster care in the United States have disabilities, ranging from minor developmental delays to significant mental and physical disabilities. This population continues to increase: (1) as technological advances enable growing numbers of children to survive disabling medical conditions; and (2) as children are being recognized and identified with disabilities. The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) 2006 report, "Forgotten Children", repeatedly emphasizes the reality that the special needs of this population are not being met, and these children experience worse outcomes than other children in the foster care system. In addition, there is a common belief that the reunification with parents often takes longer for children with disabilities. The UCP report, Forgotten Children, also suggests a series of approaches to respond to the challenge of children with disabilities in foster care.
Descriptors: Physical Disabilities, Juvenile Courts, Child Welfare, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Foster Care, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Mental Disorders, Children, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Special Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption and Safe Families Act 1997