Doyles study demonstrates that foster care experience interferes with graduating from high school, holding a job, and statistically seems to be linked to teenage pregnancy.
Doyle found children who stayed with their families were less likely to become juvenile delinquents or teen mothers and were more likely to keep a job or earn a better salary. Doyle tracked 15,000 Illinois children ages 5 to 15 from 1990 to 2002 for the study funded by the National Science Foundation, which child welfare experts are calling the largest study conducted on the effects foster care.
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The same story quotes Professor Richard Wexler, the author of “Take the Children and Run: Tales from the age of ASFA” as follows:
MIDDLETOWN ? Killed last summer in foster care, Marcus Fiesel could be the poster child for a recent unprecedented study that found children fare better staying with their troubled families than in foster care.
Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, has argued for nearly a year that Marcus should not have been removed and has argued for years that children like Marcus are better off at home.
The child discussed, Marcus, was left in a playpen in a closet while his foster parents went to a family reunion – and died. Those foster parents, who I am sure are NOT the norm are serving life sentences. But foster care even at its best is no panacea for the foster child.
More about Marcus:
The 3-year-old developmentally disabled boy was removed in April 2006 from his mother, Donna Trevino, after he was found wandering the streets alone and was almost hit by a car. Police said they found poor living conditions at his North Grimes Street home in Middletown. Nearly four months earlier, he fell from his home’s second-story window.
Placed in a Clermont County foster home in May, Marcus was dead by Aug. 6 after being bound and locked in a playpen inside an upstairs closet for nearly two days while his foster parents, Liz and David Carroll Jr., went to a family reunion in Kentucky. His body was later burned and remains dumped into the Ohio River. The Carrolls are both serving life sentences for his death.
Now, Wexler said he has the evidence to prove children like Marcus should remain with their families.
I hope that Angelo McClain, the new Commissioner of DSS is aware of this study, and that where the issues that lead to removal are homelessness, or poor child care [for example] separating parent and child should not be the answer.
For Professor Wexler’s article, “Take the Children and Run: Tales from the Age of ASFA” – go to: http://www.nccpr.org…