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foster child

n. a child without parental support and protection, placed with a person or family to be cared for, usually by local welfare services or by court order. The foster parent(s) do not have custody, nor is there an adoption, but they are expected to treat the foster child as they would their own in regard to food, housing, clothing and education. Most foster parents are paid by the local government or a state agency.

See: child

foster child

see FOSTER PARENTS.
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The past four decades have seen increased scholarly interest in the experiences of children in the foster care system and key volumes have been devoted to this topic (Geiser, 1973; Hegar& Scannapieco, 1999; Shonkoff& Phillips, 2000; Sinclair, Wilson, & Gibbs, 2005).
A study by the Chapin Hall Center for Children in Chicago found that 19-year-olds in Illinois who chose to remain in foster care for three more years stayed in school longer, fared better financially and had fewer scrapes with the law than did their peers in Iowa and Wisconsin, who were required to leave care at age 18.
8220;These findings help all of us understand that we have a long way to go to meet our education responsibilities to students in foster care,” said Holly Jacobson, Director of the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd.
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Public assistance use has been consistently found to be used more frequently by foster care alumni than general population adults.
Although there has been great variability across the states in the proportion of children in foster care using atypical antipsychotics or multiple medications in combination, many states have responded by trying to increase the oversight of psychotropic medication use.
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The articles gave information about problems with private agencies stating that they are not doing a proper job, children are being returned to abusive homes and coming back to foster care with even more scars.
I was pleased to see the recent examination of the foster care system in Clinical Psychiatry News ("Foster Care: Casey Program a Good Model," Prevention in Action, July 2008, p.