Foster Care and Families

  • Ruth Hubbell


When parents under stress from poverty, mental or physical illness, alcoholism, or other factors can no longer adequately care for their children, the child welfare system intervenes to remove those children to a surrogate family, group home, or institution. At least 500,000 children (Shyne & Schroeder, 1978) in the United States are currently living in this publicly funded system. Though mandated to help families in times of stress by providing temporary respite for parents and protection for children, foster care in this country has evolved instead into a system that tends to split families too easily and keep them apart too long, often with little hope of reunion.


Child Welfare Foster Care Biological Parent Foster Parent Child Welfare System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Hubbell
    • 1
  1. 1.CSR IncorporatedUSA

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