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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Foster Children With Special Needs Benefit From Respite Care

The major difference between myself, and the normal person who might come across an article like the one I present to you in this post, is that I read these articles with a lot of preconceived notions. One of my preconceived notions, for example, is that these people are fakes and frauds. Another is that babystealers often lie. Another is that families are ripped apart for frivolous reasons. And finally, although I know that there are people out there who do want to help children, there are that many more who do if for the money.

Now keep these preconceived notions in mind when reading the following article, as it will help you to get my point later on in this post.

Foster Children With Special Needs Benefit From Respite Care

Special needs children in the foster system were notoriously hard to place. In some cases it was the fact that the conditions were so medically complex that the average foster parent felt ill at ease with the extensive nursing care required on a round the clock basis. Frequently the number of specialists, physicians, clinics, and rehab providers involved in the care were intimidating to the foster parent not simply because of the at home monitoring of the child that was required, but also because the time commitment that it would take to keep all the scheduled appointments appeared to be beyond the scope of one individual.

As you can see, from the first paragraph, the normal person is given a quick education as to a problem that they face in finding placements for children with the label of special needs. So in a sense, the author of this article is creating the preconceived notions that the normal person would need in order to understand of the rest of the article.

Not having any experience with CPS, the normal person is more likely to buy into the bullshit presented in articles like this. And why shouldn't they. Having no prior experience with the system, the normal person has no reason to believe anything other than, these people protect children from abuse and neglect.

In other words, they tell you what they want you to think, not what it is that you should know.

Now, not to switch gears or anything, but the second paragraph is interesting...

Since many willing foster parents either foster more than one child or have children of their own, engaging in the care of another child with a host of special needs is not always a viable option, in spite of their overall willingness to step up to the plate and make it happen. To this end many a program has been devised to offer fiscal incentives to prospective foster parents, but overall the results were dismal. Although more potential foster families could be recruited, the number of those looking for the fiscal remuneration as opposed to taking seriously their responsibility to the foster child also went up.

They actually talk about foster parents doing it for the money. That you don't come across very often.


  1. The first question that begs answering is WHY are we not focusing on the natural family and its need for respite care with a high needs child? Instead of removing a challenged child from his/her own loving family environment, support the biological family with equal services, funding and respite care!

  2. The reason the article focuses on respite care for foster care providers is that there are no resources for original guardians.

    Original guardians (previously known as birth parents) who are without medical or adequate medical coverage, are reduced to place the child in the foster care system in order to access the necessary resources for the child, who in this situation, is classified as special needs.

    Then, in some states, the therapeutic model of care is being implemented as a transition from the institutionalized care model.

    These are specialized foster care homes that can provided for the special needs child.

    Children who are classified as special needs are not always with cognitive or physical challenges. Children who come form sibling groups larger than 2 are classified as special needs. This is a distorted perception of the actual situation.

    Another distortion of factual information on the system is that the children are not the "typically" conceived public perceptions of being abused and neglected. The lack of access to medical care qualifies as abuse and neglect in order to access federal funding streams.

    For every child placed in the foster care system, there is another paycheck that is sustained. Foster care creates jobs, especially in a distressed economy.

    Imagine a mother, unemployed due to the dedication to her high needs (a much more appropriate term) child, going from agency to agency trying to find proper care for her child only to be turned away and told the only sources are in foster care.

    Would you voluntarily place your "special needs" child in foster care to access the desperately needed medical resources if you were properly informed that you would be placed on the central registry of abuse and neglect and be subjected to parenting classes and individual therapy with a strong chance that your parental rights may be terminated?

    There are special needs for these conceived public perceptions to become "typical".

    I hope this answers why there is no focus on the natural family and its need for respite care with a high needs child.

    Beverly Tran
    An Original Source


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