That is one thing I knew little or no about and thus Bald et al. (2022) NBER working paper was fascinating to learn. They describe the important thing rigidity of foster care: failing to place in danger youngsters in foster care might expose them to abuse or neglect; nonetheless placing too many in danger youngsters into foster care results in a dismantling of households. Some fascinating excerpts are under:
- Prevalence/Incidence: “5 p.c of US youngsters are positioned in foster care in some unspecified time in the future throughout childhood, and related charges are present in different nations…. In 2019 [Child Protective Services] CPS investigated almost 3.5 million youngsters for maltreatment (almost 5 p.c of all youngsters), and categorised about 652,000 youngsters as victims (almost 1 p.c of all youngsters)…a exceptional 37 p.c of all youngsters expertise a baby welfare investigation, and 12 p.c of kids are recognized as maltreatment victims, together with 18 p.c of Black youngsters and 16 p.c of Native American youngsters”
- “Orphan trains”: “On the flip of the final century, ‘orphan trains’ transported 1000’s of uncared for youngsters from cities to dwell and work on farms”
- Excessive charges of melancholy. “Compared to related youngsters who didn’t spend time in foster care, foster youngsters have charges of melancholy and anxiousness which can be seven instances increased”
- Incarceration. “Shut to twenty p.c of the US jail inhabitants had been in foster care as a youth”
- Employment outcomes. “Those that flip 18 in foster care report 50 p.c decrease earnings and employment charges which can be 20 proportion factors decrease by age 26 in comparison with a pattern of younger adults with related ranges of schooling as many as one-third expertise homelessness”
- Foster care price. “Little one welfare businesses presently spend over $30 billion annually on youngster safety, with roughly half of their funding offered by the federal authorities… common month-to-month foster care fee was simply over $500, which is twice the quantity of the typical Momentary Help for Needy Households profit “
- Racial disparities. “Racial disparities happen at almost each foster care determination level. Black youngsters are reported to youngster protecting providers extra ceaselessly than White youngsters, and experiences involving Black youngsters usually tend to be confirmed as maltreatment” Cumulative foster care charges are 10%-12% for Blacks, and 11-15% for American Indian/Alaska Native youngsters in comparison with 5% for White youngsters.
- Geographic disparities. Lowest charges are <3 per 1,000 youngsters in New Jersey, Utah, and Virginia in comparison with >15 per 1,000 youngsters in West Virginia, Montana, and Alaska.
- Threat components: These are pretty apparent: poverty, substance abuse (particularly in recent times opioid abuse).
- Efficiency primarily based contracts. Some states are experimenting with linking youngster outcomes to foster care funds. A key difficulty is, would this incentivize foster households to attempt to keep away from essentially the most in danger youngsters?
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