December 21st, 2007
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Categories: The System

Studies are proving that children do better in a foster care setting versus an orphanage or institutional. Really, is this such shocking news. Granted this may go against some people’s views of the desire to do away with foster care and adoption.

Children were removed from institutional settings and placed into foster care where once the children were in care, great improvement was seen across the board with the children’s development. The children’s language, social, reasoning, and cognitive abilities grew compared to the children left to live in institutional settings. Children that previously had delays or had low IQ’s made great improvement while in foster care.

When both groups of children (meaning, foster care and institutional) were compared to children that live with their biological parents, they fell below this group of children. Should that really surprise anyone? Yes, I think most of us can agree that when it is possible that children should remain with their biological family but the truth is that we live in a world far from perfect.


There are parents that feel that they are unable to care for the child or children that whatever the reasons may be. Then there are parents that cannot parent their children without abusing them or neglecting them. These children deserve better than being dropped into orphanages or institutions without regarding to what country they may live in. Just because some people may feel that foster care seems so wrong and cold.

I always find it strange and sometimes to the point of ridiculouse that people think that foster care should not exist. Do not get me wrong, it would be amazing if children did not need foster care but I do not see that happening any time in the near future. Just because some people do not like the idea of children living in foster care, do we go back to orphanages or institutions to make them feel better? Then again it is not about how we feel but what is in the best interest of the child in need.

Do not mistake that I feel that foster care does not have their fair share of great issues that we need to be addressing. We should want to improve something that is a benefit for children in need, not strike it out.

More reading:

Foster Care Public or Private – Can it Work?

Taking Responsibility

Taking Responsibility – Inside a Foster Home

Taking Responsibility – Biological Parents

Taking Responsibility – Cold Hard Truth

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