Abstract: Foster Care: Mental Sequels Start Early On
by Kindsey on May 14, 2014 - 11:00pm
Foster care children are more likely to get mental illnesses, mental diseases and behavioral problems. This is no longer an interrogation but an actual fact. The children’s age when they are placed into foster care does affect them, either positively or negatively, as in one case the chances of mental sequels are increased, and in the other decreased. The results show that a child remaining too long in an abusive home with the biological parents has more chances of having behavioral problems, mental illnesses or mental diseases. Another cause would be the foster home situations; this leads the children to be abused, in some cases, or to constantly move around. An extra source for these mental sequels would reside in the DNA; the parents’ health as well as the children’s health itself. So, many factors must be considered when evaluating a child’s mental health, but the age when placed in foster homes is one of the most important and easiest factor to find a solution to.
All information comes from the following articles: “Prevalence of Mental Disorders and Associated Service Variables Among Ontario Children Who Are Permanent Wards” by Philip Burge, “Physical Health, mental health, and behaviour problems among early adolescents in foster care” by S.B. Woods,, H.M. Farineau , and L.M. McWey., and “A Translational Neuroscience Perspective on the Importance of Reducing Placement Instability among Foster Children” by Philip A. Fisher, Anne M. Mannering, Amanda Van Scoyoc, and Alice M. Graham.